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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 07/13/2011

All-Star Game: Brian Wilson makes his pitch for Carlos Beltran


Brian Wilson, whose pitches challenge hitters and whose beard challenges Dumbledore. (DENIS POROY / REUTERS)
San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson likes challenging batters. He’s a pitcher, so that’s a given. He likes facial hair. That’s apparent. He likes the cool cleats — they feature his face — he wore in the All-Star Game, won by the National League on Tuesday night.


(Ellen Ward via Twitter/ellenfool)
But he really, really likes New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. In fact, he couldn’t stop talking about him.

As he introduced the NL lineup for Fox, he waxed on: “Carlos Beltran, the guy's a phenomenal hitter, a switch hitter. There’s talks of him coming over to the Giants. More than welcome. Come on over, pal.”

In the locker room after he retired Paul Konerko and saved the win for the Nationals’ Tyler Clippard, he was still talking about Beltran.

“You know, talking facts. I guess we’re in talks and we're talking about Beltran,” Wilson said. “Everyone knows he’s a perennial hitter. He can only help our squad.

“I have no qualms about it. Come on over. I just don't want to be the guy that's traded [for him], though. Okay? Let's make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Beltran professed to have missed Wilson’s message.

“I didn't see that,” Beltran, who was 1-for-2 as the designated hitter and scored on Prince Fielder’s three-run homer in the fourth inning, said. “I know there have been a lot of rumors in different cities. Everywhere I go ... I might end up in this city, in that city. But right now, I'm in New York, and we're playing good baseball.”

(H/T Big League Stew, Larry Brown Sports)

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