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Brian Wilson Confronts Giants' Baer For Perceived Delay In Getting World Series Ring

Wilson declined an invitation to the Giants' ring ceremony in April
Dodgers P Brian Wilson, reportedly "steamed that he still hasn't received" his '12 World Series ring from the Giants, on Thursday "took the extraordinary step of walking across the field after the Giants' 3-2 victory, leaning over the railing and shouting" at Giants President & CEO Larry Baer, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBAYAREA.com. Wilson was "letting Baer know he wasn't happy" that he has yet to receive the ring. Giants Senior VP/Communications & Senior Advisor to the CEO Staci Slaughter said that Wilson's ring was "made in time for the ring ceremony in April, but he declined an invitation." She added that "several members of the organization," including Baer, manager Bruce Bochy and VP & Assistant GM Bobby Evans, have "tried over the last seven months to arrange a meeting with Wilson but their calls weren't returned." The Giants "finally gave the ring to a Dodgers official on Thursday and asked that it be passed along to Wilson." Slaughter: "This organization really has tried to do the right thing and I don't know where this is coming from." Wilson after the game "wouldn't elaborate on his meeting with Baer, but confirmed that it wasn't about any security issue with fans who appeared to heckle him as he warmed up Thursday night" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 9/26). In S.F., Henry Schulman wrote the confrontation was "one of the oddest scenes you'll ever see after a game." Wilson's actions "stunned Baer and Giants officials." Slaughter said, "I don't know why he decided to make a show of it and air his grievance tonight" (SFGATE.com, 9/26). In San Jose, Alex Pavlovic notes Giants players "stared in disbelief as Wilson walked over and yelled at Baer" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/27).
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