Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson reportedly confronted Giants CEO Larry Baer over the handling of his 2012 World Series ring after Thursday's 3-2 San Francisco victory, according to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The confrontation was unexpected from San Francisco’s point of view as the team tried repeatedly to get the championship ring to Wilson, per Baggarly. Vice president Staci Slaughter, fellow VP Bobby Evans, manager Bruce Bochy and Baer all reportedly tried to arrange a meeting to deliver the ring.
Slaughter told Baggarly:
It's disappointing. It's unfortunate. It's bizarre, really, This organization really has tried to do the right thing and I don't know where this is coming from. It wasn't for a lack of effort on our part. Larry, Bobby, Bochy -- everybody has made an effort to reach out to him.
Wilson received the ring on Thursday after Giants officials gave it to the Dodgers organization.
The enigmatic closer played for San Francisco for the first seven years of his professional career, but he only played in two games in 2012 before undergoing his second Tommy John surgery.
Players injured during the season in Major League Baseball still receive a ring if the team wins the World Series, and considering Wilson’s success with the Giants when he was healthy, he did enough for the organization to earn the ring.
After the 2012 season, the club declined to offer Wilson a contract and optioned not to pay the $6.8 million or more he would have earned if the Giants went to arbitration.
The "hard feelings" surrounding the abrupt end to his tenure with San Francisco, again per Baggarly, and the lack of communication surrounding the whereabouts of his ring reportedly fueled the confrontation Thursday night.
Wilson made his 2013 regular-season debut with the Dodgers on Aug. 22 after signing as a free agent. The recovery from elbow surgery took longer than expected, but Wilson has returned to elite form, posting a 0.73 ERA in 16 appearances.
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