If you haven’t seen or heard about IWannaFightBrianWilson.com, you’re not missing much. In a nutshell: it’s an offer from an anonymous Oakland A’s fan to fight relief pitcher Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants over an altercation the two supposedly had before an A’s-Giants game last May. The site’s creator, “Nick," says he has nothing to gain from the fight, claiming he would donate “half of all proceeds to a local childrens charity and the other half Wilson can do what he wants with.”
This is hard to believe considering the enormous profitability of the World Series Giants and their star closer (Wilson once had his own reality show and recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, while the Giants are getting their own reality show on Showtime this season. This is all beside the point, however, as logic knows Wilson won’t risk a career-threatening injury on something so benign — and according to Nick's heart-breaking story on the site, he started the whole feud anyway.
The only thing the website does accomplish is adding fuel to a fire quickly rising between A’s and Giants fans, and it’s all captured in the load of spiteful, if not hateful, banter between the two sides in the comments section.
Some of it is harmless: “All these giants fans come out of no where now that the giants are somewhat good…they got lucky if u ask me” says one poster. “why didn't you just man up and go on the field and fight instead of hiding behind your computer screen?” asks another one.
Some of it is a bit scarier: “in all honesty if ud be into havn b wilson havn a replacement id take his half and after i wooped ur ass id spend the money on having u offed...painfully. id spend the extra buck to make sure ur whore mother and cunt father (that failed raising u) were bitch slapped by a tenderloin junky” wrote a poster under the name “kenny.”
There are plenty of other profanity-laden, grammatically questionable insults and threats, some from the A’s side and some from the Giants’ side, all raising the question: what good is this doing for baseball in the Bay?