Brian Wilson is The Machine on the field as the Giants’ closer. But when Brian Wilson mentions The Machine, he isn’t talking about himself. During an interview with FOX Sports’ Chris Rose sometime ago, he gave that name to an S&M dressed man who walked by him in his home. However, that kind of eccentricity is only par for the course for him, as the rest of the nation will soon find out. Even if he isn’t The Machine, Brian Wilson got the Giants into the World Series because he pitches like one.
The final example came in the NLCS Game 6 last night, as Wilson had to get out of two jams to secure the pennant. First, he got a line-drive double play with two men on and one out in the eighth. Then, after he walked two men in the ninth, he froze Ryan Howard on a 3-2 pitch to end the series.
But when Brian Wilson mentioned The Machine in his postgame interview, it was all the Internet could buzz about. When he brought up that name to Rose himself in the locker room, he visibly cringed, remembering the last time he saw him.
During an interview on FOX Sports’ “The Cheap Seats” a satellite talk between Rose and Wilson was halted, when a man in a gimp suit walked past Wilson. The closer feigned ignorance, but it was all that Rose could focus on.
Back then, Wilson was only wearing a Mohawk, and had considerably less facial hair. Nowadays, he is best known for his giant beard, and for how he dyed it into a deep black. This started the “Fear The Beard” brand that has defined the Giants’ season, and made Brian Wilson into The Machine of the bullpen.
Wilson led the league with 48 saves in the regular season, and has been nearly unhittable in the postseason. Aside from stumbling in Game 2 of the NLDS, he has been perfect in the playoffs, particularly in the NLCS. The Phillies lost two chances to save their season against him last night, after he saved Games 1 and 3, and was the winning pitcher in Game 4.
Now that the Giants are facing the Rangers in the World Series, pundits and FOX will be scrambling for any storylines they can hype. After everyone rushed to find out about Brian Wilson and The Machine, it proved that Wilson will be among the big stars of the World Series. If the Rangers cannot get a lead by the eighth inning, he may well be the one that secures the World Series for the Giants.
Brian Wilson will get to chill out with The Machine for a few more days, before Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
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