Brian Wilson and Twitter: Why Can't a Guy Have a Little Bit of Fun?

Danny PenzaSenior Writer IApril 28, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 11:  Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during a Major League Baseball game on May 11, 2008 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The past 24 hours has been nothing but a bunch criticism and clarification for San Francisco Giants All-Star closer Brian Wilson.

Not only did he blow the save that led to the Giants' 5-4 loss in extra innings Sunday, but he has also been at the center of a wee bit of controversy, thanks to America's newest online fad...Twitter.

About 12 hours before the first pitch was thrown Sunday, as he has done most nights after a game, Wilson decided to get on Twitter and have a little fun. If you were to believe his tweet, it made it seem like Wilson was out enjoying what the Arizona nightlife had to offer and might have been forced to deal with some potential problems.

However, if you knew the daily comedy that happened on Wilson's page before he deleted it Monday afternoon, you would have known that what he said in the early goings of Sunday morning was farm from the truth.

As a follower of Wilson, I have seen it first-hand, and for people to actually take every one of his tweets serious is one uneducated move, even for the most accomplished journalists.

I mean, just how many people go from talking about driving city buses to mentioning a desire to take on ninjas in the octagon at an MMA event?

If Wilson had converted the save, there wouldn't be any of talk of this. It's 100 percent the truth. Yet because he blew it and because the Giants ended up losing, the red lights of potential partying in Arizona until the wee hours of the morning started going off in the blogosphere.

But because he blew the save and because the Giants lost, there were whispers of whether his whispers were actually the truth.

It seems though these people commenting on blog sites are making it sound like Wilson was just drug out of the drunk tank after an all night bender and showed up in a cab five minutes before he warmed up in a bullpen.

Obviously, I'm in the minority on this one after reading a bulk of the comments on various websites. I have been a defender of his performances and accomplishments in the past and again I will plead his case. I have watched Wilson and Barry Zito go back-and-forth about crop dusting and driving public buses and know that his controversial tweet is another one along those lines of comedy.

So if Wilson talks about "overaggressive males" in Scottsdale, Ariz., how are you going to take him seriously?

Wilson should know better about putting stuff out there in this day and age of instant communication, and journalists following what seems like to be your every move. But if you just jump in the middle of something that has been going on for weeks and expect to take the truth out of it, you're going to wrong more times than you are going to be right.

He recorded the save after striking out the side to ensure the Giants' 5-4 win against the Dodgers Monday night. You think his fastball had a little more zip and the end result felt a little better than usual after shutting up the people who were questioning his character?

I know it would have been if it were me.

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