Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. On Tuesday the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Wilson.
To say that the Dodgers signing of ex-Giant Brian Wilson on Tuesday caused a stir on Twitter is quite the understatement. Dodger and Giant fans alike came out with fighting words, not afraid to express their feelings on what has turned out to be a pretty controversial signing.
Dodger fans were wary about accepting one of the biggest villains from their northern rivals onto their roster, while Giants fans felt betrayed that Wilson would choose to play for the dreaded Dodgers. Wilson is a player with a big personality, the kind of guy that the home team defends and loves, while opposing fans cringe at the sight.
Also, in case you have not heard yet, Brian Wilson has a big-ole, gnarly beard which was also a popular topic of discussion. Overall, it was not a pretty scene, but here is a compilation of (expletive-free) tweets that seemed to sum up the Twitter outburst.
Tweets From #Dodgers Nation: Brian Wilson Trade Edition
While many were angry, there were still plenty willing to welcome Wilson to LA.
Welcome to Los Angeles, Brian Wilson. I guess you realized the good side of the rivalry after all. #Dodgers
— Samuel Rose (@samuelsrose) July 30, 2013
Brian Wilson I hated you when you were in the Giants but welcome to the Dodgers
— Andy Oliden (@Igetgradecut) July 31, 2013
Can we just leave "Fear the Beard" in San Francisco? I really don't want to be seeing this all the time.
Brian Wilson to the Dodgers... Fear the beard.
— Armando (@knowstheledge) July 30, 2013
That goes for you too, Alyssa Milano.
Fear the beard. #dodgers
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 30, 2013
Sorry, Kevin, but I don't think that Alyssa is your best source for baseball analysis.
@Alyssa_Milano question, does he have any velocity left? Mets passed on him during offseason,
— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) July 30, 2013
A blue beard? Please, no.
Brian Wilson should be forced to dye his beard blue
— Ryan Dunn (@SharksGotMyLeg) July 30, 2013
That's more like it…
Welcome to the #Dodgers Mr. Wilson. Now about that beard...
— Bill Mitchell (@askbillmitchell) July 30, 2013
Lather, rinse, repeat…probably the same way Wilson washes that beard
I don't even know how to feel about the @Dodgers getting Brian Wilson. I feel like I have to take a shower. And then shower again.
— Alexander Chavez (@bigac60) July 30, 2013
The Giants fans sure got riled up! Accusations of betrayal abound!
Dodgers signed Brian Wilson. This is terrible.
— Johnny Locke (@Iocke) July 31, 2013
Brian Wilson betrayed all Giants fans today by signing with the Dodgers....
— Ryan Dueker ⚾ (@eldueke8) July 31, 2013
I used to like you Brian Wilson, but now you're just a traitor. Have fun on the dodgers ��
— Chandler McGuire (@chandlaa) July 30, 2013
Or maybe he wanted to play for a contender again?
Wilson to the Dodgers, well I guess he was really desperate for a job
— Dylan Schroeder (@Dillard_09) July 30, 2013
Of course, more about that awful beard
Brian Wilson signed on with the dodgers...I'm shaving my beard off cause I'm so ashamed #traitor
— Joseph Paz (@WhataPAZ) July 31, 2013
Let me just leave this here…one of many tweets about Brian Wilson, Trader.
Wilson to the Dodgers. TRADER!
— yoninaaaa (@ShainaCreed) July 30, 2013
We are about two weeks away from seeing Brian Wilson make his debut in Los Angeles, it will be interesting to see how Dodger fans react. Also the Dodgers will play in San Francisco September 24-26, and who knows how Giants fans will react when Wilson takes the mound there!