Brian Wilson throws a knuckleball, world claps


March 4, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson (00) pitches during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

What do you do next if you’re Brian Wilson?

You’ve already taken the bizarre beard thing about as far as you can without it physically impeding your ability to pitch.

You’ve already got the tats. And the mohawk.

You’re already convinced the world that you’re a complete knucklehead.

What now?

I guess there’s only one thing left for the knucklehead: throw a knuckleball.

Wilson, who last I checked is still officially a reliever for the Dodgers, started a spring training game Tuesday, and on his first pitch, he went all Charlie Hough on it.

Crafty crafty Brian Wilson. Now that knuckler will have to be in the back of hitters’ minds.

Now when Wilson comes in, let’s say the bottom of the 8th in the World Series against, I don’t know, Dustin Pedroia?

Maybe now Pedroia’s thinking, “Better watch out for that knuckleball.”

Even if Wilson doesn’t throw another knuckleball the whole entire season. That one knuckleball he threw in spring training in early March will still be in the scouting report.

It will still be there like a brainworm in hitters’ minds.

Or, you know, maybe like everyone else they will totally forget about the Wilson knuckler after a couple days.

Who knows how these guys’ brains work? I don’t even try to understand. Especially not when it’s Brian Wilson.

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