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whitesoxfan83
07-28-2010, 07:45 PM
It's not as if Brian Wilson(notes) needs another advantage over opposing batters. The San Francisco Giants closer, after all, currently leads the bigs with 30 saves, wields a 1.99 ERA and has 62 strikeouts in just over 45 innings.

But if there's another edge for Wilson to hold, it's gotta be in the bright orange shoes that he debuted at the All-Star Game and then wore during the ninth inning of San Francisco's 6-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

That's because the mere sight of Wilson's kitschy kicks offended Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez to the point of complaining to the umps about them.

[Photos: See more of the hard-throwing Brian Wilson]

And if a rival manager is focusing on your shoes?

Well, I'm going to guess that he and his charges are probably not concentrating on more important aspects of winning the game.

From the Palm Beach Post:

"A little bit too bright, too flashy," said Rodriguez, who complained to umpires at the start of the ninth inning.

"We asked if there was any rule about that and he said the rule is more intended for the sleeves and there's no rule for the shoes." [...]

"There's rules for jewelry and all kinds of things. Shoes like that are a little bit too much," he said.

"I think there should be a rule. They should be consistent. There's a rule for the uniform and there should be a rule for the shoes."

Yikes. Wilson's shoes might be ugly, but they're not deserving of baseball banishment.

Look, I don't blame Rodriguez for being distracted and acting like the Fashion Ump. After downloading that photo of Wilson above, I started thinking about creamsicles and had to go to the store to go buy a box. This post would have gone up a lot faster had I been able to focus.

The Marlins are professional athletes and I'd expect them to be a little more steadfast in their approach. Who the heck looks at a pitcher's shoes when he's throwing a 95-mph fastball with his right arm? Let Wilson wear whatever he wants and then just go out and beat him.

Prove that you can be the Los Angeles Lakers to Wilson's Phoenix Suns.

Or Spain to his Netherlands.

Or the entire NFL against his old-school Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Florida's Dan Uggla(notes) actually hit a home run off Wilson with two outs in the ninth inning despite those shoes, so yes, Rodriguez should keep quiet on this.

Because as Walkoff Walk's Drew Fairservice so astutely points out, "the Marlins have offended us all with the vast sea of (empty) orange seats for years, what makes these shoes so different?"

Answer: These are a lot more fun for fans to look at.

UPDATE: Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wilson was fined $1,000 by the National League for "wearing non-conforming shoes and was told that half of each shoe had to be black." Wilson responded by using a Sharpie to color half of the shoes black.

"Too flashy. I didn't know that's in the rulebook," Wilson said. "Oh it's not in the rulebook. The fact that (Rodriguez) thinks these shoes throw 97 to 100 with cut might be a little far fetched. I guess we should have these checked as performance-enhancing shoes."

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Marlins-moan-about-Brian-Wilson-s-mesmerizing-or?urn=mlb-258814

:facepalm:

The fact he got fined is ridiculous, and the fact the Marlins manager brought this up is even more absurd than that...

the nightman
07-28-2010, 07:49 PM
brian wilson is one hell of a musician

Lincecum4CY
07-28-2010, 07:58 PM
wilsons response is hilarious lol

theproof
07-28-2010, 08:07 PM
wilsons response is hilarious lol

:laugh2:

Gigantes4Life
07-28-2010, 08:08 PM
I'm not having this. You will all pay.

CAIN=FUTURE
07-28-2010, 08:35 PM
"the Marlins have offended us all with the vast sea of (empty) orange seats for years, what makes these shoes so different?"

:laugh:

Zmaster52
07-28-2010, 08:38 PM
Rodriguez should get fined for being a dumbass :D

Cubsjunkie
07-28-2010, 09:23 PM
:laugh: Wilson's response was the best part of the article. But seriously, what the hell are the Marlins arguing about? Give me a break.

iggypop123
07-28-2010, 09:29 PM
marlins tried a "bochy" and failed.

Vandelay16
07-28-2010, 09:39 PM
Wilson is now one of my favorite players. LOL

Crucis
07-28-2010, 10:19 PM
A. If there are MLB rules covering the nature of the shoes, then this player has to obey those rules. And if he broke those rules, then he deserved to get fined.

B. Perhaps the Marlins manager complained to the umps in that game to try to get into the pitcher's head. Given that the pitcher gave up a home run, perhaps he succeeded. ;)

DieHardColtsfan
07-28-2010, 10:21 PM
Guess they didnt have a problem with them tonight :shrug:

zambo4president
07-28-2010, 10:21 PM
Wilson's a major douche, but those shoes were actually sick. What the **** is Rodriguez *****ing for?

stupidmop
07-28-2010, 10:40 PM
All Giants fans should show up wearing orange shoes for tomorrow nights game.

Pinstripe pride
07-29-2010, 08:43 AM
"the Marlins have offended us all with the vast sea of (empty) orange seats for years, what makes these shoes so different?"

:laugh:

that is too ****ing funny

raidersrock99
07-29-2010, 10:27 AM
well if you think about it arent the giants alternative jerseys oarnge??? are those a distraction?

**** you gonzalez!!!

ritz
07-29-2010, 10:56 AM
He and Wright both rocked bright *** orange shoes in the ASG. It was awesome.

uchiha
07-29-2010, 10:59 AM
well if you think about it arent the giants alternative jerseys oarnge??? are those a distraction?

**** you gonzalez!!!

who is this Gonzalez you speak of?

The Schmooze
07-29-2010, 11:40 AM
If anything, his mohawk-mullet, or rat-tail is more distracting than anything. It brings up so many questions

Melo15
07-29-2010, 11:59 AM
Those shoes are too sick to ban

GeekInThePink
07-29-2010, 11:59 AM
brian wilson is one hell of a musician

Master of karate and friendship for everyone!

CubbieSteve
07-29-2010, 12:07 PM
Haha I love Brian Wilson

Increidble
07-29-2010, 12:12 PM
That is weird

Increidble
07-29-2010, 12:12 PM
Also kind of freaky

Mr.Chi-Town
07-29-2010, 12:17 PM
He made it seem like he was wearing ruby slippers or chrome kicks lol

Lloyd Christmas
07-29-2010, 12:28 PM
Master of karate and friendship for everyone!

Are you saying Wilson is the Day Man? Fighter of the Night Man?

MacManus
07-29-2010, 12:42 PM
Are you saying Wilson is the Day Man? Fighter of the Night Man?

Champion of the sun. Ah-ah-ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

CubbieSteve
07-29-2010, 01:01 PM
That is weird

Your name's weird

BaustinSali08
07-29-2010, 01:04 PM
If you can't hit off him, it's obviously because of the shoes....:rolleyes: