San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson reacts after getting the final out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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- Brian Wilson is easily the most annoying, unfunny, lame "performer" in all of Major League Baseball, if not professional sports. So it is with mixed feelings that I discuss the news that Wilson has structural damage in his right elbow, which will require Tommy John surgery, the second of Wilson's career. On the one hand, I just can't bring myself to celebrate player injuries. I'm not a pro baller, but if I were, it would suck to be seriously hurt, and it would sicken me to think of others taking joy in my pain. On the other hand, Tommy John surgery for Wilson means I won't have to see him, his ridiculous beard, and his painful schtick for over a year. Unless that is, he takes some kind of broadcast job while he rehabs. The horror ... the horror ...
- What in the world is Bobby Valentine thinking? Yesterday, he said this about third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has been scuffling a bit to start the year (and is coming off an injury-filled and down 2011): "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason." As a TV commentator, you can say that. But when you're talking publicly about a guy in your own clubhouse? I just can't fathom a good reason to publicly say that a guy isn't as emotionally into the game as he was in the past. People are going to say you're questioning Youkilis's "heart" and his "commitment." This can't possibly end well.
- Beyond the Boxscore takes a visual look at homer binges, and how they account for the total homers in a player's career. The conclusion is a lack of a conclusion: why do some players have a ton of multi-homer games, while others - who still have lots of career home runs - tend not to have multi-homer games? Is it just luck, or is there an explanation out there?
- Well, it finally happened. A Marlin - Omar Infante, to be precise - hit a home run in the Marlins' new park, which ignited that crazy statue in the outfield. Maybe it was all the build up, but I was kind of disappointed.
- Another video for you, this one less funny, more awesome. It's MLB's commercial commemorating Jackie Robinson, who's debut 65 years ago was celebrated across baseball yesterday: