Earlier today, I got an email from reader Ben, who told me that his buddy was just in a pseudo-confrontation with Wilson [editor's note: jackpot] outside the Ritz Carlton in Center City. Being the skeptic that I am (thanks to a bunch of nonsensical emails), I asked Ben to confirm the story with a picture or more detail. He promptly gave me his buddy’s phone number and said that I should call him. I did, and what followed was just tremendous.
Jordan, a self-described 5’9” Jewish fellow wearing slacks and a tucked in shirt, who claims he used to know Matt Cain’s wife, was at the hotel to pick up tickets for tonight’s game (apparently, everyone is friends now). Over the years, he has remained in contact Chelsea Cain and says he even sat in the Giants’ family section during last year’s NLCS. After getting the tickets from the lobby, Jordan noticed Wilson leaving the hotel to a throng of overweight, older than autograph seekers should be supporters. Not one for clever witticisms or trash-talk, but an ardent defender of the Philly reputation, Jordan yelled out, “Hey Wilson, you got enough boyfriends?”
We’ll give him a B+ for effort. An A for balls.
Wilson stopped signing autographs for the chubs and walked over to Jordan – with Showtime's The Franchise camera crew close behind – stared him down (awesome), and cocked his fist behind his head. Uh ohs.
Jordan, remember 5’9 and “not intimidating,” of course, flinched. Wilson pulled his fist down and said, “You shouldn’t talk this shit if you can’t back it up.” He then walked away.
It’s a bit of a fantastical story, though every detail Jordan gave me about who he was and his very honorable profession checked out. Make of that what you will.
Perhaps next Wednesday night’s episode of the The Franchise will be must-see TV.
UPDATE: In the original story, we wrote that Jordan was asked to sign a release form by producers of Showtime's The Franchise. A spokesperson for MLB Productions, who is producing the show in collaboration with Showtime (kind of kills the neutrality of it all, no?), reached out to us and said producers don't recall such an encounter between Wilson and Jordan… though I'm not sure that in any way means it didn't happen. Jordan, a lawyer, stood by his story. It's also worth noting that I reached out to him for the story, not vice versa. In reality, this may have just been Brian Wilson goofing around with a fan. Not exactly a memorable encounter.