I’m a Madison Bumgarner fan
and have to admit that may seem weird as a Dodger fan. I don’t mean I’m a fan as though I like Bumgarner. I’m a fan in that I respect him and what he bring to the table for the Giants.
As I watched the game last night, it was easy to come to the conclusion that Bumgarner is an asshole. If you look at his extra-curricular activities from the mound when he’s not pitching it is easy to come to the conclusion that Madison Bumgarner is an asshole.
- Picking his nose
- Hocking everywhere
- Yelling while he pitches
- Instigating confrontation time after time.
Sure he’s an asshole.
But he’s a baseball asshole, everything he does that pisses everyone off is done between the lines of baseball. I’m unaware of anything he’s done outside of baseball that would warrant anyone to call him an asshole to humanity.
It was amusing/interesting to read all the tweets from the Dodger fans I follow. You’d have thought Madison was the devil himself instead of simply being a big ass baby.
And I respect the baseball asshole part of his game, and if you don’t think that part of his baseball personality isn’t a reason the Giants have three rings since he joined the team, you haven’t been paying attention.
This is an old story about where Madison comes from, I was looking for insight into his particular temperament but didn’t find any. Still a nice read if someone wants to know something about where a man comes from.
When Kevin and Debbie divorced, they worked out custody so that Madison could stay at the best high school and continue on his team. Divorce lingers in the heart of a son for years after the fact, and there was the added pain of losing a sister to cancer during his first major-league season.
That said, I sure would have enjoyed Puig/Madison going at it without teammates holding them back. We haven’t had a Ventura / Ryan confrontation in a while, though the Odor/Batista punch was something for the ages.