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Vin Scully: Brian Wilson’s beard reminded me of Smith Brothers cough drops

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Vin Scully truly is one of a kind.

The legendary Dodgers announcer regularly brings up the level of sports broadcasting with his combination of historical references, poetic language, and masterful storytelling. On Monday night, the 85-year-old broadcaster sent fans scrambling to their search engines to understand one of his references.

Per Pedro Moura and others on Twitter, Scully said that Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson reminded him of a Smith Bros cough drop box:

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Brian Wilson has a crazy mohawk going

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Brian Wilson was activated by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week after missing more than 16 months of Major League action. The last time he pitched in a game was April 12, 2012, so he has had ample time to grow his infamous beard to a more unmanageable length. He has also added an insane mohawk.

As you can see from the photo above that @MetsKevin11 passed along, Wilson is rocking a revolutionary hairstyle that combines a mohawk and a ponytail. Here’s a different angle of the back of his new hairstyle:

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Brian Wilson reportedly offered $1 million to shave his beard

Brian-Wilson-beardWhat would Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson be without the beard? Wilson’s insane facial hair became a symbol of the San Francisco Giants’ success since he stepped into the team’s closer role in 2008. It has been featured on billboards, buses, and even a commercial airliner ever since, but a $1 million offer could make it disappear.

According to RadarOnline.com, a razor blade company called 800Razors.com has been negotiating with Wilson in an attempt to convince him to shave off his famous beard for a massive endorsement deal that would make him the face of their corporation.

“His management feels we need to match his present salary of $1 million at a minimum,” 800Razors.com co-founder and president Philip Masiello told Radar. “Over the weekend and continuing today, we have been in discussions with his management at MVP sports to finalize the terms under which Brian would participate in a beard shaving promotion and endorsement.”

A copy of the offer letter and pitch 800Razors.com has sent to Wilson can be seen here.

“His beard is iconic, we are in the quality razor industry and want to partner with other shaving icons to show how great our product is,” Masiello added. “If it can tackle shaving a beard like his, it can work wonders on the average man.”

Wilson’s contract with the Dodgers is worth only $1 million, so he could probably use the extra money. His grizzly beard has landed him a number of endorsement opportunities, but he is not the player he used to be prior to his surgery. A $1 million shaving endorsement may be as good as it’s going to get.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Brian Wilson reportedly being called up by Dodgers

Brian WilsonAs if the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t already good enough, not their bullpen is about to get better.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are going to activate Brian Wilson on Monday. Wilson has not pitched in the majors since injuring his elbow at the beginning of the 2012 season. He has been rehabbing since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

The Dodgers signed Wilson after watching him work out in July. They offered him $1 million, put him on their major-league roster, and then placed him on the disabled list. He was sent to the minors for rehab, where he threw 4.1 scoreless innings.

The Dodgers planned all along to bring Wilson up to the club in mid-August, so this fits in well with their timetable. Though Wilson may not be throwing as hard as he did when he was a star with the San Francisco Giants, he should be able to give the Dodgers another good option in the pen.

The Dodgers are tied for the second-best record in the NL at 72-51.

Brian Wilson thanks Giants fans after signing with Dodgers

Brian WilsonFew players were more strongly associated with the San Francisco Giants over the past several seasons than Brian Wilson.

The oddball closer was drafted by the organization in 2003 and was a member of the team’s bullpen from 2006-2012. He reached three All-Star Games and led the league in saves in 2010. He was on the mound and recorded the save when the Giants won the World Series that season. Along the way, Wilson grew a massive beard, dyed it black, and became known as one of the strongest personalities in baseball.

Wilson has been out after missing most of last season and all of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has been working on his pitching recently and worked out for several teams last week. The Los Angeles Dodgers decided to sign him to a major-league deal for $1 million in base pay.

Though Wilson is going to the rival team, he still thanked Giants fans over Twitter for their support:

At the end of the day, we all know that money talks. The Dodgers probably made Wilson the strongest offer by giving him $1 million for a month and a half of work. He has been placed on the 15-day DL and will go out on rehab. He should be ready to contribute to the NL West-leading Dodgers around mid-August.

I don’t think Dodgers fans will have much trouble supporting the bearded one. He’s a classic “love him if he’s on my team, hate him if he’s on your team” type of player.

Brian Wilson reportedly showed ‘terrific stuff’ during pitching session

Brian-Wilson-GiantsFree agent reliever Brian Wilson has not pitched in a regular season game in over a year. He underwent Tommy John Surgery 15 months ago and is just now starting to show signs of getting back near full strength.

On Monday, Wilson threw a session off a mound while San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti stood in the batter’s box and bullpen catcher Billy Hayes reportedly caught for him. Wilson is not under contract with the Giants, but Andrew Baggerly of CSNBayArea.com reported that Righetti and Hayes joined him as a personal favor.

“We want to keep in touch with his progress,” Giants vice president Bobby Evans said. “He’s a Giant through and through. So we want to stay involved.”

Baggarly cited one source who said Wilson had “terrific stuff” and that he was throwing his cut fastball with movement in the mid-90s. He also reportedly displayed good feel with his changeup.

Wilson, who was said to have looked game ready, is scheduled to showcase his progress in another session in Los Angeles later this week. With teams always searching for bullpen help around this time of year, he is sure to receive plenty of interest if that session goes as well as Monday’s. Baggarly speculated that even the Giants could look to bring him back, though they’ll probably have competition from a number of other teams is Wilson is willing to sign for the right price.

And to top it all off, this photo seems to prove that the beard is still intact. That could be a selling point for some teams.

Brian Wilson attempting pitching comeback

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Brian Wilson went from being one of the most omnipresent figures in baseball to a total non-factor the past two years. It’s been months since anyone had seen or heard from the former All-Star closer. But it might not be much longer before we begin hearing from him again.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the former San Francisco Giants closer is back in the Bay Area as he attempts a comeback from a second Tommy John surgery. The photo above shows him pitching at the University of San Francisco on Friday. Wilson also reportedly was playing disc golf (aka frolf) at Golden Gate Park on Saturday.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier this month that Wilson could audition for scouts in August. The Giants are said to be one of the teams following his rehab.

If that really is Wilson in the photo — and it sure looks like him — then he still has his trademark beard and it looks like he was dressed as a ninja. He also appears to be rocking some orange cleats that once got him in trouble.

Photo: Twitter/Alex Pavlovic