The other day, I found myself having a sports pipe dream. What if ex-Giants closer Brian Wilson, now a free agent, and likely-to-be-former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith sign with the Mets and the Jets, respectively, next season? Read More
Darrel Dominguez and his brother Dee missed the 2010 World Series parade, but they weren’t going to let that happen again. This time, the brothers traveled nearly 1,100 miles by plane, car and train to get to the corner of Market and Main streets by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for the parade’s 2012 edition.
“We moved to Albuquerque in 2009, and in 2010 they go and win the World Series,” said Darrel Dominguez, who still lives in Albuquerque, N.M. “That was heartbreaking.”
The Dominguez brothers were among the hundreds of thousands of fans who descended upon San Francisco for the second parade in three years.
The decision-making machine never stops chugging along in the front office of a big-league ballclub. In-season, offseason — it never slows down. If you’re not deciding which player deserves a contract extension, you’re determining which free agents to pursue, weighing the pros and cons of a deadline deal, or figuring out where to place or promote a particular prospect. Read More
What happened to Oakland being the Bay Area’s black hole for sports? Not anymore, it isn’t. Thanks in large part to their incredibly dramatic sweep of the New York Yankees last weekend and a failed trade for Hanley Ramirez this week, the A’s are national news now, on and off the field. The Giants are suddenly playing second fiddle. Read More
Brian Wilson will have his second Tommy John surgery in Pensacola, Fla., today to repair structural damage to his right elbow. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure. The Giants closer had the procedure in 2003, when he was pitching for LSU. He said before leaving the Bay Area that he plans on being around the ballpark plenty during his rehab process, and manager Bruce Bochy said he expects him back after the upcoming road trip. Read More
Giants closer Brian Wilson confirmed Sunday he is likely in need of Tommy John surgery, ending the pitcher’s season after just two appearances.
Wilson appeared to injure his right arm during a game in Colorado on Thursday, his second appearance in as many days. He stayed in the game, but his control and velocity dropped dramatically. He finished the inning and earned the save, but allowed a run and needed 32 pitches to get three outs. Read More
Issue: Sergio Romo’s elbow
Analysis: This is not good, folks. It’s awful. Any concern for Romo’s long-term health should be every bit as intense as the concern shown for that of Brian Wilson when the closer’s wing was whacked out. Read More
Making his first appearance of the spring, Giants closer Brian Wilson didn’t seem to skip a beat.
The right-hander needed only nine pitches to complete a shutout inning Sunday as part of a 7-5 Giants win against the Seattle Mariners in Cactus League action.
Wilson, who was bothered by elbow issues at the end of the 2011 season, gave up one hit, but catcher Buster Posey helped him get out of the inning by finishing off a strike-’em out, throw-’em out double play. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants closer Brian Wilson had no doubts Monday. No worries, either. He knows there is speculation. But let somebody else worry.
“If there’s a save opportunity on Opening Day, I’ll be saving the game,” Wilson said. “I’m ready.”
Wilson emerged from his third bullpen session at the Giants’ spring-training camp free of pain and full of confidence about the state of the injured elbow that haunted him and his teammates last year. Read More
Issue: Brian Wilson’s status
Analysis: The All-Star closer’s health, though a concern given his 2011 elbow problems and his recent revelation that he’s suffered hip problems throughout his career, factors into a potential scenario that’s gone largely ignored by fans and the media.
Wilson, who turns 30 in less than a month, isn’t under contract for 2013. Read More