Brian Wilson, born March 16, 1982, is not your ordinary relief pitcher. His tattooed, mohawk-rocking, original exterior is just as unique as his pitching ability. His fastball can reach up to 100mph and his slider is as wicked as his bad-boy persona. As colorful as Brian appears on the field, off the field is where Brian really breaks out of his shell. In 2008, Brian starred in a reality show titled, Life of Brian, which centers around his life outside of baseball. Brian’s exuberance and humor shines through, capturing the attention of his audience and connecting with his fans in a whole new light. Brian records his daily thoughts, and his personality is, in one word, crazy. His comments about normal, everyday experiences are what makes him so appealing and so personable. With the unusual hairstyle, the plethora of tattoos, and his unique energy, it is no wonder why people call Brian crazy.
Everything about Brian Wilson is extreme. His workout regimen, his personality, and his performance on the field are unlike any other pitcher in the league. He is known amongst his peers to have one of the deadliest combinations in baseball – a triple-digit fastball and a “hit it if you can” mentality.
Brian made his Major League debut on April 23, 2006 against the Colorado Rockies. Pitching on pure adrenaline, Brian rose to the occasion and recorded two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Brian did not disappoint from that point forward becoming one of the Giants top relief pitchers. Brian excelled on the mound and brought an energy to the game the Giants couldn’t deny. Towards the end of the 2007 season, Brian took over as the Giants closer and thrived with the game on the line. While most would shy away from such a nerve-wracking opportunity, Brian lives for shutting down his opponents with his overpowering fastball.
2008 was a breakout year for Brian. He established himself as one of the top closers in the Major Leagues and was the Giants go-to-guy late in the game. After every Save, Brian would cross his arms, creating a fist in one hand and pointing up to the sky with his other as a tribute to his late father. It would soon be his trademark move and some of his teammates even followed suit after Brian would close out a victory.
Brian finished the year with 41 Saves, second best in the National League and was selected to his first National All-Star Team. He became just the third pitcher in Giants franchise history to reach the 40 Save mark in a single season. In 2009, Brian was once again one of baseball’s top closers, finishing 3rd in the National League with 38 Saves and 2nd in Games Finished with 60. Brian’s continued his success into the 2010 season has established himself as one of Major League Baseball’s elite closers in the game today and helped lead the Giants to their first World Series title since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. Upon setting career bests in ERA (1.81), Saves (48), Strikeouts (93), Games (70) and Innings Pitched (74.2), Brian earned his second All Star appearance in three years. He finished the season with a Major League leading 48 Saves, tying the late Rod Beck’s single season franchise record and was named MLB.com’s Closer of the Year.