This sugar skull—a traditional Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) offering meant to honor the departed—pays tribute to Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson, whose strikeout of Nelson Cruz ended Game 5 of the 2010 World Series, and brought the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area a championship after 15 years.
In homage, we offer a traditional sugar skull design with San Francisco flavor—proudly sporting the iconic beard of one of the best working relief men in baseball.
Wilson (aka B-Weezy) began growing his beard in August of the 2010 season as the Giants were beginning their playoff run. Sometime in September the beard became jet black, though he denied dying it and claimed it was just "really tan."
Wilson has told interviewers that he learned in a dream that he is a "certified ninja." He’s also been fined $1,000 for wearing “non-conforming gear” to games (think bright-orange spikes) and claiming that he was being unfairly penalized for wearing “too much awesome” on his feet.
In other words, San Francisco couldn't have a more appropriately eccentric 9th inning guy. This tee is our offering to Wilson, the Giants, and everyone with the flair and dedication it takes to be a real closer.
Proceeds from the “Día de los Gigantes” tee go to the YBCA Young Artists at Work program, a multidisciplinary, arts-as-activism residency for Bay Area youth between the ages of 14 and 19– supporting a new generation of SF originals.