Wilson ponders influence on Beltran deal
Wednesday, July 27
PHILADELPHIA — Naturally, Brian Wilson had to comment about his wishes coming true.
Naturally, he delivered a hilarious response.
You may recall that Wilson, the Giants’ closer, urged Beltran to come to San Francisco and bolster the team’s offense. Wilson picked an intriguing time to do this: When lots of people (I don’t care what the television ratings said) were watching. He made his half-humorous, half-serious plea while announcing the National League’s starting lineup during the All-Star Game telecast a couple of weeks ago.
So, in the wake of Wednesday’s deal that brought Beltran from the New York Mets to the Giants, Wilson was asked about the fulfillment of his dream. Initially, Wilson didn’t say much. “It was just throwing positive vibes out there for a good player,” he said after recording his league-leading 32nd save in the Giants’ 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Wilson added, “I didn’t do anything.” Dramatic pause. “Or — did I?”
That last remark prompted laughter among Wilson’s interrogators. Given the right-hander’s faith in his own powers, it was a very Wilsonian thing to say.
Numbing numbers from Wednesday:
Matt Cain’s victory over the Phillies was his first in the regular season. He was 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in five previous starts against Philadelphia.
The Giants snapped Chase Utley’s on-base-safely streak at 28 games in a row.
San Francisco’s bullpen has recorded a 0.51 ERA since the All-Star break. That’s two earned runs in 35 innings.
– Chris Haft