Pro fireballer Brian Wilson says it's "f**king exciting" to bring his talents -- and his tremendous facial hair -- to L.A., telling TMZ he's pumped to play for the Dodgers.
A mohawked Wilson was leaving Equinox gym in L.A. yesterday -- right after signing a 1-year, $1 million deal with the Dodgers -- and expressed his excitement as only Brian Wilson can.
"Well, I'm a pretty big America fan ... red, white and Dodger blue, I guess."
The 31-year-old ex-San Francisco Giants pitcher says he's grateful to get another shot in the bigs after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April ... but insists he harbors no ill will toward his former team.
"I got much love for San Francisco. We had a good time. But there's nothing I can do ... they don't want me back."
When asked about the storied rivalry between the squads, Wilson explained, "I don't worry about rivalry, bro ... I just play baseball, you know."
Welcome to L.A..
Someone Jacked My
Home Run Champion* Plaque
4/24/2013 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Barry Bonds GOT JACKED, SON!!!
Someone -- or someones -- stole Barry's famous home run champion plaque right off the stadium wall at AT&T ballpark in San Francisco last night.
The plaque was originally unveiled at the stadium a few years ago, after Barry smacked his 756th* dinger while playing for the SF Giants.
But a rep for the team says it went missing last night -- explaining, "We're not sure what happened. We're reviewing video, but haven't found anything yet.''
Stealing a home run plaque right off the wall?? That's gotta take some big, giant cojones ... so, obviously the culprit isn't a steroid user.
Thanks to our friends at countryfastball.com for the plaque picture
SF Giants' Sergio Romo
Won't Be Prosecuted
In Vegas Airport Bust
2/4/2013 3:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo (and his beard) can breathe a sigh of relief ... 'cause the world series superstar will NOT be charged following his recent Vegas bust, TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Romo and his beard were detained by cops on New Year's Day -- after he allegedly became "angry and aggressive" with a TSA agent at the airport. According to sources, he appeared to be under the influence.
Romo and his beard were cited with a misdemeanor -- and escorted off airport grounds.
A rep for the Clark County District Attorney's office tells us ... Romo will NOT be charged due to a "lack of prosecutorial resources."
The rep explains, "We simply do not have the manpower or resources to go forward on every case ... and must weigh the value, provability, and seriousness of each case accordingly."
In other words, Romo and his beard are small potatoes to the DA.
SF Giants' Romo
At Vegas Airport
1/3/2013 1:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
World Series hero Sergio Romo was handcuffed New Year's Day at the Las Vegas airport ... TMZ has learned -- after allegedly becoming belligerent with a TSA officer.
Law enforcement sources tell us, the San Francisco Giants pitcher was detained by cops because he couldn't provide the proper ID to clear security.
We're told Romo then got into it with a TSA agent -- becoming "angry and aggressive." Cops then swooped in and cuffed him.
Romo was taken to the police station at the airport , where he was cited for violating airport rules and then released. Romo was not allowed to fly following the incident, and was subsequently escorted off airport grounds.
According to law enforcement sources, Romo appeared to be under the influence.
Not a good week for athletes named Romo.
San Francisco Giants
Zoo Names Good Luck
Monkey After ...
10/31/2012 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
San Francisco Giants fans got their wish ... the "good luck" monkey -- whose birth coincided with a string of Giants victories -- WILL be named after one of the World Series winning players, and TMZ has learned who gets the honor.
A rep for the SF Zoo tells TMZ, the red-haired Francois' langur monkey will forever be named Romo -- after Giants' closing pitcher Sergio Romo ... who struck out Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera to clinch the WS Sunday night.
Romo (the monkey) rose to fame during the NLCS -- when the Giants went on a 3-game winning streak right after its birth.
Fans claimed Romo's miraculous birth was responsible for the Giants' wins -- and demanded the zoo name the "Lucky Langur" after a current Giants player.
The zoo's rep says they settled on the name because the monkey shares Sergio's "playful spirit."
Fun fact: Romo (the monkey) is actually female.