Brian Wilson and “The Machine” live on to fight another day. What’s up with the Giants reliever? As it turns out, Wilson is one pretty funny guy. Either that or the guy is just off a bit. Maybe both. Either way he’s actually more entertaining off the field than on the field. And he’s pretty darn entertaining when he’s on the baseball mound.
Here’s a guy who is obviously very emotional when he enters the game in the 9th inning. He has become one of the best closers in the game of Major League Baseball.
Wilson, who admitted to Jim Rome that he became a relief pitcher so he didn’t have to field buckets of balls during practice, has had some rather strange media appearances. In fact, that’s where the whole Brian Wilson “The Machine” apparently comes from. Take his interview with Jim Rome for example. It might be one of the most odd interviews you will ever see. You can view the Jim Rome interview for yourself here. The entire interview appears to be Brian Wilson portraying some crazy character you might have seen on a move like Major League. Is this the real Brian Wilson or a guy who loves to have fun and poke fun at himself? It appears he’s doing a lot more kidding than being serious. He even references the fact that people took him seriously on his Twitter account so he shut it down.
At the end of the interview with Rome comes one of “The Machine” references. If you go about 8 minutes in, just before the interview is about to wrap, Brian Wilson pulls out an old school cell phone and fields a call from someone he calls “The Machine”. Just before Rome goes to break, Wilson pulls out a mask in reference to “The Machine”. We are left with little clue as to whether Brian Wilson has a split personality or he is creating a fictional character called “The Machine”. It kind of looks like he’s just having a whole lot of fun. You can generally tell by the reactions from the hosts that Wilson is a complete cut up. The funny thing is that Wilson has his game face on and never really relinquishes a smile. There’s a chance some people will view the interviews like this as involving someone with a screw loose. That makes it even all the more comical in my opinion. It’s hard not to like a guy who is willing to not take himself so seriously. It’s good clean fun and Wilson belongs in a select class of pro athletes who don’t make your stomach crawl because they take everything so seriously.
But the story doesn’t’ stop there. When Chris Rose of Fox Sports was interviewing Wilson, a rather large man wearing a hood and other not so generous leather walks on the scene about :40 seconds into a YouTube clip. This might be one of the most hilarious sports interviews of all time. Brian Wilson appears to be home using Skype or something to do the actual interview. During the course of the interview, which can be viewed here on Youtube, “The Machine” or someone who kind of resembles what we might think is him, makes a brief cameo. Rose just about loses it on the air when it happens. Rose even asks Wilson how long he was planning the stunt. Wilson just denies it ever even happened. It’s one of those moments that if you blinked you may have missed it. Unlike the Rome interview, Wilson starts to lose it a bit before regaining his composure. The entire video is one of the funniest sports interviews I’ve ever seen and amazingly has just 400,000 hits or so. Can you imagine how many hits and page views these Brian Wilson videos will get as he becomes a household name?
He is “the personality” of the 2010 World Series. It’s hard not to like watching the guy pitch. Baseball always seems to have its share of relief pitchers who seem just a bit different. But Brian Wilson appears to be different from different. The guy is as colorful as they come. And not just that, he’s awesome on the mound.
Will Brian Wilson and “The Machine” make an appearance at the 2010 World Series? It probably won’t be a lot of fun and games off the field for Wilson during the biggest series of his pro baseball life. There will be plenty of time for jokes and fun afterwords. Look for the popularity of Brian Wilson to surge as the World Series takes place. Links to these YouTube “The Machine” videos will probably continue to gain in popularity as the rest of the world gets wind of just how interesting the Giants reliever can be off the field. My guess is that Wilson will have interview after interview lined up with late night talk show hosts if his Giants win the World Series. Expect Brian Wilson and “The Machine” to become the topic of conversation in the days following a Giants World Series win. He might have such a strong personality that he’ll get those appearances even in a Giants loss.
Wilson currently sports a thick beard so he looks a bit different than what we see him on the YouTube clips involving “The Machine”. In fact, his slick beard almost makes him look like a completely different personality than what we see in the clips. Different? Maybe not but definitely very focused on a World Series title. Wilson may be one of the wackiest baseball personalities we’ve seen in the past several years. The kind of stunts he has pulled so far in television interviews makes Ocho Cinco look kind of tame. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Wilson figures out a way to parlay this unusual energy into something bigger in the near future. Especially if the Giants do win the 2010 World Series and he is the guy who closes the door!