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Brian Wilson Is The Top Closer In The National League
Brian Wilson was the closer for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. He is the top closer in the National League and arguably the top closer in the Majors.
Brian Wilson wins our "hot dog" membership for a myriad of reasons. His freakishly black beard excited the Giants' fan base with the "Fear The Beard" slogan. Giant fans wore fake black beards as the "Fear The Beard" mentality caught on like wildfire.
In addition to the beard, Wilson also sports a mohawk haircut.
Brian Wilson also had fun with television cameras at his home, as they caught glimpses of "The Machine", who is a cross between a robot and a man clad in black leather somewhat kinky attire. There are numerous theories about who the masked "Machine" really is. Many believe it is fellow Giant Pat Burrell, but Wilson keeps the air of mystery going by not divulging the true identity of this dark character.
There is also the crossed arms tribute to his late father that Wilson does following each victory that he closes out.
Late in the 2010 season, Brian Wilson sported a pair of bright orange spikes. Major League Baseball required him to change the shoes to the predominant color of the uniform or to basic black. Wilson, undaunted, took a black sharpie marker and colored in roughly 51% of the shoes, so the predominant color of the spikes was now black with the bright orange as the secondary color.
Brian Wilson is an incredibly bright, articulate and witty guy. Sometimes, his comments seem off the wall until you think about them and realize that he was simply a step or two ahead of what you were already thinking.
As the premier closer in the league, it's quite fitting that Brian Wilson closes out our "hot dog" list.
Honorable Mention: Rod "Shooter" Beck. I remember his scraggly mustache and mullet haircut, along with the swinging right arm, as he peered in for the sign. Beck did not have the best stuff out there, but got people out with sheer guile and force of will. RIP Rod Beck, who passed away in 2007, at the age of 38.