|Brian Wilson made his first appearance as a Dodger on August 22nd at Miami (photo by Evan Bladh)|
|Brian Wilson delivers his first pitch in a blue uniform (photo by Evan Bladh)|
The months passed and he kept working out. Every once in a while a rumor would surface that he was ready for a comeback. There were the Oakland A's, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rumors swirled that all were interested in him. The one organization that we didn't seem to hear about was the L.A. Dodgers. The interesting thing about the situation was that he wanted to pitch in Los Angeles. His home is in L.A. So is his entire training routine.
In late July there was an interview on San Francisco radio with Ryan Vogelsong who admitted that he and the Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti had met Brian Wilson at a local community college for a private workout. The Giants were apparently interested and it looked like a deal would be reached. There was one problem though, the Giants had fallen out of contention and suddenly, they weren't a consideration anymore.
So on the eve of the trade deadline date, Wilson signed with the Dodgers. He wanted to pitch on a contender. He wanted to pitch near his home. Ned Colletti, who signed him originally while with the Giants, once again was willing to take a chance on Wilson following a Tommy John surgery.
Most of all, Wilson wants to revitalize his career. These two months could be an audition for a big money contract next year. His role will be as a set up man. Essentially to get the ball to Kenley Jansen for the 9th inning.
|Juan Marichal pitched in a Dodger uniform and here's another scene I thought I'd never see. Brian Wilson doing the victory gesture in homage to his father after retiring the final out in the Dodgers 6-0 win at Miami|
Twenty three days later, he entered his first major league game and the results were good. Four batters faced. One hit allowed, two strikeouts, zero runs scored. He hit 94 MPH on the stadium radar gun. He punched out superstar hitter Giancarlo Stanton, his first hitter. It was a 6-0 blowout, so the pressure wasn't there, and Wilson admitted that he wasn't even nervous. Nevertheless, he had to be pleased with the results saying, "It was an arduous process. But I'm glad I went through it so I can appreciate baseball once even more." It's going to be an interesting two months.