San Francisco Giants

Save the Date! Aug.10, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08:  Pitcher Brian Wilson (L) #38 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by catcher Pablo Sandoval #48 after saving the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 3-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Shamus StaffordCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

This past Sunday, the Giants were engulfed in a battle with their arch rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Casey Blake hit a home run off of Brian Wilson to tie the game. After Blake rounded the bases and slapped high fives with his teammates—he took his place on the bench, crossed his arms, and mocked the man he just hit a home run off of...Brian Wilson.

After each save, Brian Wilson turned and faced center field, crossed his arms, and stuck out his index finger to pay tribute to his late father and his Christian faith.

That should be respected and not criticized.

It isn't like he is screaming and going crazy like Jonathan Papelbon, Joba Chamberlain, or Francisco Rodriguez.

What Casey Blake did crossed the line, and there should be a reckoning on Aug. 10 when these two teams square off once again in San Francisco. It shouldn't be Wilson that retaliates either; his starting staff needs to Drill Casey Blake in the ribs his first time up on that Monday night.

Whomever that may be, he needs to not let Casey Blake's actions go unpunished.

I am not saying throw at Blake's head, that is "Bush League" and is never acceptable, but a 98 mile per hour fast ball to the back would do the trick. If the starting staff does not stick up for their closer then they are gutless.

If that is the case, Brian Wilson better take matters into his own hands and drill the first batter he faces.

Brian Wilson is down playing the situation and is brushing it off.

There is a long grace period until the two teams play each other again.

I personally feel that this is just a front and something will go down on Aug. 10.

Remember Matt Morris sticking up for Omar Vizquel in Colorado after Jose Mesa threw at Vizquel over negative press in Vizquel's book?

The Next start against Colorado, Matt Morris drilled two guys and was ejected. What happened between Vizquel and Mesa had nothing to do with the Giants or Matt Morris, but Morris stuck up for his comrade and was ejected over it.

But he gained respect.

It is an unwritten rule: If a player from another team shows up and threatens a teammate or tries to hurt them, a teammate of your own must stick up for you and retaliate.

So, whomever starts on Aug. 10 against the Steroid/ Viagra pill popping chumps to the south better make a statement, and it better be against Casey Blake who looks like a member of the Allman Brothers' band.

If they don't, this team will not be respected or taken seriously.

You may not agree with me and think that it is Barbaric and that's fine, but John Kruk would agree with me and that's all that matters.

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