It was a subtle tweet. So subtle, in fact, that perhaps it went unnoticed by many of his 636,000 Twitter followers and/or recipients of their retweets.
It was a tweet from new Dodger reliever (and once hated former Giants closer) Brian Wilson – the Brian Wilson of “Fear the Beard” fame who was absolutely loathed by Dodgers fans back then.
But what does it mean? Knowing what we do about Brian Wilson, nobody knows what it means except for Brian Wilson himself. Face it, the guy is… well… different.
As a retired police detective who solved riddles and puzzles (i.e. crimes) for a living based on clues, some of which themselves were very subtle, my take on Wilson’s tweet is that it involves his famous (or infamous – depending on how you look at it) beard, hence the Santa reference. And of course whatever it is will take place on Friday evening, August 23, which will be Wilson’s first appearance at Dodger Stadium in a Dodger uniform – number 00 by the way (did I mention that Brian Wilson is… different?).
But what ‘treats’ could Brian Wilson possibly have in store for Dodger fans?
Again, I believe that it involves his beard and the way I see it, it involves one of two things:
- He is going to dye it blue or,
- He is going to shave it off completely which, in my humble opinion, would be the best possible thing he could do. The beard was a San Francisco Giants thing and he is no longer with the Giants – it’s time to move on.
Number one would be very Brian Wilson-like and he would still have his beard, which is undeniably a huge part of his shtick, perhaps even the biggest part of it – and his ego absolutely loves all of the attention (good or bad) that he gets from it. But it is the second possibility that makes the most sense even for the most skeptical Dodger fans.
Because it has been reported that a new start-up on-line razor company named 800Razors.com has offered the 31-year-old Winchester, Massachusetts native one million dollars to shave off his beard using their product. You heard right, $1,000,000. And when you consider that Wilson’s recent signing by the Dodgers was for exactly that same amount, one million dollars is a lot of money, even for a guy who has already made slightly more that $22 million in his 7 MLB career (so far).
Taking this one step further, Wilson’s tweet came after the story broke about the razor company’s million dollar offer.
As audiences used to scream to contestants on ‘Deal or No Deal’ - “Take the money!” Or better yet, take the money and donate it to charity - just lose the beard… please?