Brian Wilson happy for another chance

August, 23, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson says he will never part with his signature black beard and thinks that a reported $1 million offer from a razor blade company to shave it is bogus.

"I'm not concerned with shaving or growing or anything," Wilson said. "It's just attached to my face. It does what it wants. It's probably not an offer. It's probably bogus. I wouldn't worry about it. It's staying. I'm not going to sell my facial hair. I would never consider doing that regardless of the sum of money. I don't care about someone paying me to tell me how to look. I still have it because most people hate it, so you're welcome."

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Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsBrian Wilson made his debut for the Dodgers on Thursday and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish the Marlins.
During his first meeting with the media at Dodger Stadium before Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox, Wilson said he was just focused on baseball and winning a World Series with the Dodgers.

"I told the organization I'm here to get outs," Wilson said. "If you want me to go on the mound and get outs, that's what I'll do."

Wilson refused to mention the San Francisco Giants by name, referring to his former team as "the other organization up north." Wilson, however, said he holds no ill will toward the Giants and isn't circling the Dodgers' three-game series in San Francisco next month on his calendar.

"I look forward to pitching against every single baseball team," Wilson said. "There's no anticipation of what might happen or extra motivation. I don't have that. My time with them is done. I play for the Dodgers. I work for the Dodgers, and I'm going to win with the Dodgers."

Wilson, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery last April after two early-season appearances with the Giants. He was non-tendered by the club last November after making $8.5 million in 2012 and signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Dodgers last month. There were many who thought Wilson's career was over with last season, but Wilson wasn't one of them.

"It wasn't over with, definitely not on my accord," Wilson said. "I'll throw without an arm. I'll find a way. What got me motivated was the fact that no one really thought I'd come back, and I knew exactly who they were and, yeah, I used that as motivation. I love doubt. That's what I feed off of. That's why I like getting booed."

Wilson won two World Series titles with the Giants over the past three seasons, and he says he thinks the Dodgers have what it takes to make a World Series run of their own this season.

"When you talk about championship runs, there's usually a lot of luck involved, a lot of errorless baseball," Wilson said. "What I've been watching in the last month or two is just dominating wins. Each pitcher is going out, trying to outdo the next and everyone playing consistent baseball and they're having fun, which is the most important thing."

Wilson is wearing No. 00 with the Dodgers, and, when asked why he chose that number, he shrugged his shoulders. "Why not? No one has it, so I knew I wouldn't be stealing it from somebody or having to borrow it. It's a simple number. There are only two of them."

The sight of fake black beards and double-zero jerseys in the crowd at Dodger Stadium will take a while to get used to for Wilson, who was once reviled in Los Angeles when he was the Giants' closer.

"I'm used to getting booed here, and I used to love it," Wilson said. "Now that I'm double-zero, maybe I'll get ooed. I don't know."

Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Dodgers' 6-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday, his first appearance in the majors since his surgery in April 2012.

"It proves your worth, so to speak," Wilson said of his Dodgers debut. "I know the accolades or the résumé that I might have had, but I guess that has been wiped clean since the surgery, which is totally fine with me. I don't want to be given anything. I've always tried to go out and do my best and get the game over with. I'm all about winning."

Vin Scully, who will be returning for a 65th season next year, addressed the media before Wilson did, which is an impossible act to follow. Wilson, however, says he hopes Scully is still broadcasting when he retires and the two can work together one day in the broadcast booth.

"He's a legend. That's what he is," Wilson said of Scully. "I love listening to him talk, especially the play-by-play on the brawl [against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 11]. I actually look forward to getting into the booth with him one day. Maybe me and him could do some color commentary. It would be an honor."

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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