A's Fan Challenges the Beard to a Fight

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 12:56 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 03: Pitcher Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants walks down the street during the San Francisco Giants victory parade on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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There is at least one group of people in the Bay Area who do not have Giants' fever.

Fans of the Oakland Athletics actually have quite a different feeling when they think of their cross-Bay rivals winning baseball's greatest prize.

In fact, one fan gets clear sick to the stomach when he thinks about one Giants player in particular: Brian Wilson.

SF Weekly reports that one A's fan is so sick of the Giants' colorful closer and his witty one liners that he wants to fight the mohawked one.

How serious is this fan? He has created a page called iwannafightbrianwilson.com to get the closer's attention. Apparently he does not fear the beard. But Wilson should not fear the fan either.

"This is not a threat in anyway on Brain (sic) Wilson," he writes on his site. "This is just a public offer for Brian Wilson to compete in a legal sparring match."

It turns out this A's fan has more than just a personal ax to grind with the reliever. On his website he says he had an awkward encounter with Wilson when the Giants were playing at the Coliseum.

On May 23, 2010 I attended the Oakland A's vs San Francisco Giants baseball game with my family. It was the third game of the three game series with the A's up 2-0 in the series. The A's were going for the sweep so I brought my broom with me. Our seats were about three rows up from the Giants bullpen. before the game started Brian Wilson walked up to our area and gave some giants fans some autographs, so I asked him if he could sign my broom "Cool Guy" since he thinks hes such a cool guy. I guess he picked up on my sarcasm and just looked at me with a get lost face. I continued to ask him to sign my broom "Cool Guy" so he moved over a little to square up with me and asked me, "Are YOU making fun of ME"? and after I laughed a little bit I said, "wow not just cool, your smart too". So at this point he got all heated up and said, "Who the hell are you", and challenged me to come on the field. I just responded by laughing and saying look at you a professional athlete letting some Joe Shmoe get under your skin. He just continued to challenge me to come down there and fight him. Of course Im not going to go down onto a professional baseball field to fight a player, Im not an idiot.


Instead he's smart enough to create a web page and challenge Wilson to a fight outside on his own terms.

But no championship bout will happen, according to Staci Slaughter, the Giants' vice president of communications. She told SF Weekly that "most likely, no" would the team allow a sanctioned flight.

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