Nobody makes an eccentric entrance like Brian Wilson. San Francisco's All-Star closer came out of the bullpen to some serious laughs on Thursday night, when he served as a guest on Lopez Tonight.
Wilson, who led the National League with 48 saves last season, came out for his moment in the spotlight dressed in a full-on naval costume.
After pitching with a jet-black beard for much of last season, Wilson came onto the stage with his facial hair stained prematurely grey. He also wore an overcoat, a naval captain's hat and orange pants, and he came out clutching a pipe. Wilson even removed his hat at one point to reveal another naval-styled hat underneath it.
When host George Lopez asked about the significance of the costume, Wilson had a little fun.
"When I meet folks for the first time, they say, 'Hey, you look like a few characters. Chuck Norris, one of them," Wilson said. "Chuck Norris has been known to throw a 100 mph fastball. I've been known to throw Chuck Norris at 100 mph."
Moments later, after the laughter died down, Lopez asked him if he had his own boat.
"I do have a schooner," Wilson said. "It's double-parked out front. I've got 15 minutes until I get a ticket."
Wilson went on to issue several other quips and punchlines during his 10-minute segment on the air, which was intended to promote the MLB 2K11 title for XBox. Wilson, who has 127 saves in the past three seasons and worked 11 2/3 scoreless postseason innings en route to the World Series title, spoke briefly about an offseason trip to Thailand.
Lopez marveled at Wilson's eccentric thought process during the brief conversation, and he asked the right-hander about what goes through his mind when he's getting ready to pitch a crucial ninth-inning sequence.
"You've got to be a little bit crazy," Wilson said. "By the time I get in the game, I'm just raring to go."
Wilson only allowed himself one serious moment during his appearance, and that came after Lopez aired a brief segment of a commercial for MLB 2K11 that featured the hard-throwing reliever. At that point, Wilson referenced the game's key promotion, an offer by the makers of the game that could make one lucky fan an exorbitant amount of money.
"Realistic thing here," said Wilson, clueing the audience in that he wanted to break out of character for a moment. "If you're the first person to pitch a perfect game -- a legitimate perfect game -- you'll win a million bucks. That is awesome."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.