source– The 34-year-old Wilson, who last pitched in the major leagues with the Dodgers in 2014, has been working out in Southern California with an eye toward becoming a starting pitcher who throws just knuckeballs.
Remember Brian Wilson? The pitcher with the beard? I ‘member, and now he’s back (probably not, but still). I have two main thoughts about this story. First of all, I don’t get why more people don’t do this. If you see your pitching career going down the drain, why not try and weasel your way into a second life as a knuckleball pitcher? Yeah, it’s hard to master, but you can literally pitch forever with it. R.A. Dickey is like 80 and still in the league. And if you make the majors as a knuckleballer, performance doesn’t matter at all. Have you seen some of the seasons my man Tim Wakefield had? And, it’s so rare nowadays, you’ll instantly get noticed by scouts and easily befuddle hitters. Seems like a no-lose scenario to me. I just hope Daniel Bard doesn’t read this and come back into my life again.
Secondly, and most importantly, I hate Brian Wilson. Not to disparage a fellow Brian, but I absolutely couldn’t stand this guy. Every day there was another story (mostly started by him) about how crazy and zany he was. After about a month of him being in the spotlight I was suffering serious Brian Wilson fatigue. After a year or two I was willing to finance an assassination. Like we get it man, you’re weird. Stop trying to prove it every two seconds. Stop rubbing it in our faces that you’re “different.” Everything he did was so fake and planned and annoying. And I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, haaaaaaaaaaaaate beard guys. Not every person with a beard, but beard guys. The ones who’s whole lives revolve around the fact that they have huge beards. They can’t go more than three sentences without talking about their beard. They think it gives them superiority and that it’s a sign they have personality. It runs rampant in hipsters and MLB relief pitchers. It just so happens Brian Wilson was both. He was the absolute worst, and I’m guessing he hasn’t changed, considering this “comeback” feels like nothing more than a desperate attempt at regaining some relevance.