Brian Wilson will reportedly have an image of his face, and perhaps more significantly, his beard, on his cleats during Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game.
The 82nd Midsummer Classic has arrived and with it, the largest presence of San Francisco Giants since 1966. In a season following their unlikely ascent to the pinnacle of baseball, the Giants have a lot to show off in this year's All-Star Game to a nation still fascinated as to how they won it all in 2010.
The Giants have forged a "misfit" identity that is comprised of eccentric characters who have shown that enjoying the game is a huge component of winning.
For Brian Wilson, enjoying the game may result in a fine by Major League Baseball, similar to the one levied against him last season for his bright orange cleats, sported at the 2010 All-Star Game.
But Wilson doesn't seem to mind, especially since the buzz that this will likely generate in Wilson Nation will probably be well worth it for him.
Along with the famously-bearded closer of the Giants, his teammates Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Pablo Sandoval will represent San Francisco at Chase Field.
While the pitchers, save Wilson, will probably not get any playing time due to restrictions on how much they can work within a week, the Kung Fu Panda will likely get his first chance on the field as an All-Star.
The Panda represents the youth, vigor and all-around goofiness of the Giants, and his excitement and fun-loving character will join Brian Wilson's cleats on center stage in Arizona tonight.
The manager who led the Giants to championship glory last season has the privilege of managing the National League All-Stars as they take the field in the desert. Bruce Bochy will have a chance to give the baseball world a first-hand glimpse of how he led a "band of misfits" to the title in 2010.
After an unforgettable season in which the Giants claimed their first World Series trophy since moving to San Francisco, the 2011 All-Star Game should be one to remember for the Orange and Black.
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