Los Angeles Dodgers
Many a bearded major leaguer disapproves of the bushy black mess hanging from Brian Wilson’s chin these days. Yet there’s no arguing the beard’s potential as the relief pitcher chases a third World Series ring in four years.
It’s been a while since either team played a truly meaningful game. The Los Angeles Dodgers took control of the NL West with an amazing 2 1-2-month stretch and could let off the gas over the final weeks.
The stabbing death of Jonathan Denver, 24, who died during a confrontation between his group of Dodgers fans and Giants fans following a game between the two teams earlier this month, was still fresh on the minds of baseball enthusiasts on Sunday, the last game of the season for San Francisco.
Visiting fans clad in their team’s colors could always expect ridicule, and sometimes worse, in the stands. But now, for the second time in three seasons, serious violence outside the stadium has marred the rivalry.
The game ended and Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson hustled toward the opposing dugout to lash out at Giants chief executive officer Larry Baer—the very man who employed the bearded pitcher for seven seasons until he recently joined rival Los Angeles.
Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning to give San Francisco a win in what might have been Tim Lincecum’s final outing with the club, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Thursday night.
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan was stabbed to death after his team played the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday night, and police said Thursday one of two men detained in the attack would be charged with homicide.
With the Red Sox and Dodgers both finishing the season atop their division with 90+ wins, which of these two has the best chance to finish the season as champions?
The concept of the late-season spoiler exists in many sports, but it’s perhaps most celebrated in baseball. After all, even the worst teams win about 40 percent of their games, so there are no gimmes for teams chasing postseason spots.
Former Giants closer Brian Wilson returns to San Francisco for the first time since signing with the Dodgers in July. Wilson spent seven seasons with the Giants and recorded the final out for the 2010 World Series champions.