But not half as good as Hit-and-Run Exxon, a name that Wilson insists refers to his style of play, not the Valdez oil spill. "Glenn is a high-octane player at a regular price," says Pirate centerfielder Andy Van Slyke. Wilson has a buoyant personality and a flair for the apt quip. After a game in April, a reporter asked him how he felt about going hitless, and he replied, "Pretty good. I went oh for 4 today, but I sold 16 tires."
Wilson compares running the station to owning a ball club. "I've got nine players and a general manager who hires and fires," he says. "I only get on my G.M. when he's not making enough trade." Wilson himself has been dealt three times in a spotty nine-year major league career. "Basically," says Schmidt, "Glenn bought the station off that season he had with Philadelphia in 1985." Wilson drove in 102 runs that year and led National League outfielders in assists. "I carried the Phillies all the way to fifth place," says Wilson, who at week's end was hitting .248 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. "That shows you what kind of impact player I am."
His impact as a dipstick wiper is even less apparent. Most customers can't believe it's really him pumping the gas.
"You look like Glenn Wilson," an old-timer told him last week.
"I am Glenn Wilson."
The old-timer appraised him coolly.
"No, but you're close."