On this day 18 years ago, we all learned that a pitcher can have a side hustle as a linebacker.
Reds pitcher Paul Wilson – not a linebacker – took umbrage at a Kyle Farnsworth fastball that sailed inside. He started jawing, which was fine, but he took just one fateful step too many that set him up to forever be remembered only as the dude who got PLANTED.
Cubs reliever Kyle Farnsworth absolutely DESTROYS Paul Wilson of the Reds after he charges the mound! pic.twitter.com/xaNEqlk9c3
— This Day in Chicago Sports (@ChiSportsDay) June 19, 2020
17 years ago today, Paul Wilson made the worst decision of his professional career. pic.twitter.com/Ylcc357sXc
— Bleacher Nation Cubs (@BleacherNation) June 19, 2020
Wilson, a former first overall draft pick, went on to have a so-so year in 2003, a serviceable year in 2004, and then he was toast in 2005. Hence this moment likely being the most memorable part of his career, which, admittedly, is a bummer.
As for Farnsworth, he had some decent years with the Cubs, and then bounced around between various MLB and AAA teams for the better part of a decade before a couple final baseball years in Mexico.
Then, naturally, he became an actual football player:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 6, 2015