August 2, 2013 |
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly says reliever Brian Wilson will fit right in the clubhouse because it's full of characters. Yeah, well, Norman Mailer was a bit of a character but he wasn't exactly Hunter S. Thompson. The Dodgers are hardly devoid of personality, but they haven't seen anything remotely like Wilson. Wilson is an eccentric who revels in the unconventional. As serious as he is on the mound, he's as playful and peculiar off it. Also, it appears he has talents that go behind a nasty four-seam fastball.
July 31, 2013 |
The Dodgers made a small deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, adding catching depth by acquiring minor leaguer Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins. Butera, who turns 30 next month, has appeared in 186 games over the last four seasons, including two this year. He is a career .182 hitter. Butera has spent most of this season at triple-A Rochester, where he hit .218. In exchange for Butera, the Twins will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Butera will be assigned to triple-A Albuquerque..
July 30, 2013 |
Perhaps you recall, I love Brian Wilson. Alas, the one whose music helped form the backdrop to my youth, not the quirky one who used to close for the San Francisco Giants. Only now in a move so fantastical it somehow fits, Wilson has signed a contract with the Dodgers . And come on, it is bizarre. However logical, it will take a certain amount of getting used to. The Beard belongs in black and orange, irritating and prodding and generally being annoying. Not pitching for the Dodgers.
June 17, 2013
Beach Boys creative leader Brian Wilson will be joined at his Oct. 20 concert at the Greek Theatre by English guitar hero Jeff Beck, who also has been recording with Wilson for a new album that will return Wilson to the Beach Boys' longtime label, Capitol Records. “Jeff is one of the most amazing guitarists I've ever worked with and his vibe is inspiring, in fact I think we should do an album together!” Wilson said in a statement with the announcement about the show that also features original Beach boys guitarists Al Jardine and David Marks.
February 11, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. On the night the Beach Boys won the first performance Grammy Award of the group's half-century long career, it was the spirit of another artist's song that Brian Wilson invoked backstage after collecting the award for historical album bestowed on “The Smile Sessions” on Sunday: We are never, ever getting back together. Like ever. Asked whether he anticipates another round of Beach Boys reunion shows following the successful 50th anniversary tour the group mounted in 2012, Wilson told reporters “No, I don't think so.” Wilson's manager, asked to confirm the report, told The Times: “Truer words were never spoken.” GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Show highlights | Winners and nominees The tour, which made Pollstar's list of the Top 100 highest-grossing tours of the year, notoriously ended on a sour note when singer Mike Love announced he would resume touring with his own lineup of the group, including longtime member Bruce Johnston, but without founding members Wilson, Al Jardine and guitarist David Marks. Love's move set off a firestorm of media coverage and fan comments, much of it critical of Love, who years ago was granted sole permission to use the Beach Boys name by Wilson, Jardine and the estates of deceased members Carl and Dennis Wilson.
January 18, 2013 |
Indie staple Paul Dano ("Ruby Sparks," "There Will Be Blood") has been tapped to play a young Brian Wilson in a new film titled "Love and Mercy. " The actor will collaborate on the production -- which is scheduled to begin in early summer -- with an impressive pedigree of talent. Oren Moverman, who co-wrote and directed "The Messenger" wrote the script, which is said to take an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson's life, while musician Atticus Ross is in talks to compose the film's soundtrack and sound design.
January 5, 2013 |
Ever wonder what longhairs listen to when they let their hair down? Once upon a time, when conductors were regarded as remote intellectual titans, no one would have thought to ask. Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony, once described the archetypal image of a conductor as "this inaccessible person with an accent and an ascot. " All that has changed. At least since the 1960s, when Leonard Bernstein praised the Beatles and other pop groups, budding conductors have taken seriously the popular music of their day. And today's conductors don't care who knows it. One reason for the change in attitude is the Internet, which gives busy conductors easy access to different musical genres.
December 2, 2012 |
Brian Wilson might want to pitch for the Dodgers, but it appears the interest isn't mutual. The colorful and magnificently bearded closer wasn't tendered a contract for next season by the San Francisco Giants, making him a free agent. Wilson lives in Los Angeles in the off-season, and the Dodgers are among the teams with which he would like to sign, according to multiple reports. Though the Dodgers won't publicly comment on free agents, people familiar with team officials' thinking say they aren't looking to sign Wilson.
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October 29, 2012 |
Thousands of fans crowded the San Francisco Civic Center plaza Sunday night to watch the Giants clinch the World Series on a hastily erected Jumbotron -- an undulating mass of happy humanity. "No way was I going to miss this," said Eric Reynolds, 42, of Walnut Creek. Reynolds was sitting in folding chairs with Shari Mofin, both bundled up against the chill of an October San Francisco night. "This is a great party. " About a mile away, on storied Nob Hill, a neighborhood bar called Zeki's was jammed and jumping.
October 21, 2012 |
This one's not for everyone. There's not a whole lot that involves the Dodgers, and it's admittedly personal. But these moments come to us at some point, though clearly the perks of being a sportswriter make them much more common. The opportunity arrives in a flash, normally without warning, and if you don't act quickly is gone forever. This is about Brian Wilson. No, not the Giants' curious reliever. This is about Brian Wilson, Beach Boys legend. The moment occurred at the Dodgers' 2012 home opener against the Pirates on April 10. The Beach Boys, celebrating the start of the 50th anniversary tour, were to sing a song and the national anthem.