LOS ANGELES – Walking in the clubhouse, in some ways, nothing had changed.
There was Juan Uribe, slapping dominoes and shuffling around piles of $20s with Brian Wilson, just as they’ve done for years.
The difference: They were wearing blue. And it was the Dodgers’ home clubhouse.
Wilson knew a contingent of reporters from San Francisco was waiting to talk to him. He timed his arrival at his locker, put on a belt, and when a Giants reporter said hello, the former closer said, “It’s 3:44. We stretch at 3:45.”
Nope, nothing has changed.
Wilson could be described in a pair of three-word phrases: “Look at me” and “on my terms.” He didn’t make himself available for comment as the Giants arrived for a four-game series against his Dodgers in Chavez Ravine.
OK, so what’s the mood in the Giants clubhouse, then? Are they looking forward to facing Wilson?
Shoulders shrugged, mostly.
“It’ll probably be like facing any other pitcher I’ve played with before,” shortstop Brandon Crawford said. “I know him well. But it’s just like anyone else.
“I faced my possible future brother-in law (the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole). So it’s not going to be any weirder than that.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was asked if he made a point to say hello to Wilson, who threw the clinching pitch in all three playoff series when the Giants won the World Series in 2010.
“I have not,” Bochy said.