Brian Wilson, you crazy!
What happened to the baseball that Brian Wilson threw to strike out Texas’ Nelson Cruz and clinch the first World Series championship in the San Francisco Giants’ 53-year history?
Is it in a museum? Somewhere in the team archives? Or locked in a wall safe hidden behind a painting in owner Bill Neukom’s office?
Try Wilson’s kitchen. In a Halloween candy jar.
“I figure I’m not going to lose it there,” said Wilson, “and it was a delicious treat.”
That’s cute and all, but let’s see how nuts Brian Wilson really is. Remember the ball from the last out of the 2004 World Series? You might recall that Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz kept it, the Red Sox asked for it back, he refused and the Red Sox ended up suing him, saying that it was team property.
God, I hope that happens here. Because I would really, really love to read a deposition transcript of Brian Wilson. And I’d feel really, really sorry for the lawyer that had to depose him.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.
Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”
On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”
Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.
Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.