“The Beard” in LA : Let The Jokes Begin
It was in the wee hours of July 21 that my morning co-host exposed me to the now viral, shirtless selfie of 70-year-old Geraldo Rivera. As visually horrific and mystifying as that experience was, it was a Tuesday sports headline that ultimately triggered my gag reflex.
The Los Angeles Dodgers this week offered former San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson a one year contract.¬†The very¬†same Brian Wilson who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues in¬†15 months, and gained Bay Area popularity for ripping off Kimbo Slice’s facial hair. I fail to understand why the Dodgers are seeking the services of the 31-year-old¬†Wilson, who will this week¬†begin¬†testing his second Tommy John surgery since 2003 with some minor league rehabbing. Not to mention he spent 6 years¬†wearing the orange and black of ¬†hated rivals the Giants,¬†before being shown the door last season by¬†Brian Sabean and company.
Sure Wilson has¬†earned his share of success and respect.¬†¬†After all, he¬†is a three-time all star, a World Series champion with more than 170 saves to his credit–and¬†perhaps his most brilliant accomplishment to date–choosing college over a contract offer from the Cleveland Indians out of high school.¬†Still, beard or no beard, the prospect of Wilson wearing Dodger blue doesn’t sit well with me.
And so¬†it has begun. Everyone is a comedian. Whether it’s¬†a post to my Facebook wall¬†of¬†Moses in a Clayton Kershaw jersey, or a Bay Area faithful congratulating me at the office,¬†us Dodger faithful are receiving¬† healthy doses of sarcasm and ¬†Internet lampooning.
The Dodgers are currently the hottest team in baseball, ¬†having swept four teams in the past eight weeks and winners of¬†22 of their last 28 games.¬†This team¬†is turning doubters into believers with every walk off victory. There’s no doubt in my mind that¬†LA not only wins the division by at least eight games, but goes onto to make a serious run in the playoffs.
I’ll¬†now use this canvas to remind Giants fans that¬†“he who laughs last, laughs best.”