Over the past five years or so, the Bay Area has accumulated some pretty entertaining athletes, both on the field/court and off. These players have given the fans plenty of reasons to cheer, though not necessarily because of their in-game achievements.
No one has personified this concept of "fan favorite" more than San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson.
In the last two seasons, Wilson has become one of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball, and not only because of his 97 mph fastball (although I'm sure that doesn't hurt his case). At the same time, his focus, determination and flare for eccentricity have turned Wilson into one of the most beloved players in sports.
His sea-worthy beard, dyed jet black, is nothing short of a national treasure. As his recent appearance on George Lopez showed, Wilson is very capable of staying relevant and fresh, even when baseball is the last thing on the minds of sports fans.
With Mr. Wilson in mind, let's take a look at the other nine Bay Area athletes who keep fans interested any time of the year.