NEW YORK (Aug. 17, 2011) – The ace and the closer – Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson – share top billing as two of the team’s most popular and unique players. However, the two All-Star pitchers react to the spotlight in very different ways. Tonight’s episode takes viewers beyond The Freak and The Beard to reveal the people behind the personas.
Lincecum is the reluctant superstar. The 27-year-old ace of the staff and two-time Cy Young Award winner talks at length for the first time in the series, describing his aversion to the spotlight and his desire to let the hurler’s “ball do the talking.”
For Wilson, the entire world is his stage – especially the mound. We’ve seen the routine dozens of times, including the final out of the 2010 World Series: the Giants closer records the final out, turns his back to home plate, crosses his arms and looks to the sky. Tonight, Wilson describes the deeply personal meaning behind the gesture.. He also discusses the emotional highs and lows that come with being a closer.
This week’s show also checks in with second baseman Freddy Sanchez, whose season has been shut down following shoulder surgery, as well as catcher Chris Stewart, who is making the most of his opportunity to help a big league club while Buster Posey is injured.