Reporting Gary Miller
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Dodgers’ reliever Brian Wilson is back in the big leagues 16 months after a second Tommy John surgery ended his 2012 season with the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants went on to win a second World Series without their colorful closer, but Wilson was cut loose when his contract expired at the end of the season.
He rehabbed in Hawaii, and in July, auditioned for several contending teams before ultimately choosing to sign with the Dodgers for $1 million.
Gary Miller sat down with Wilson for his first extended interview since returning to the major league roster.
They discussed everything from Wilson’s trademark beard to what actually goes on during those conferences on the mound.
Wilson also shut down all reports that he turned down a $1 million offer by a razor company to shave his beard.
“That’s false. That’s just some two-bit company trying to get publicity, which they’re probably going to get more publicity with that question,” Wilson told Miller. “There was no offer – ever. That’s just a nickel-and-dime company trying to get popular and Congratulations, you are now popular… but no one is going to know you tomorrow, so who cares. It’s ludicrous!”