How Is Madison Bumgarner Even A Real Person?

If you were to judge Sports Illustrated's big Sportsman of the Year feature on Madison Bumgarner simply by the magazine's cover and Tom Verducci's lede—"In one of Earth's great hardwood forests, that wind swoops and soars through white pines, maples, oaks, chestnuts and poplars..."—you might roll your eyes and say… » 12/09/14 12:46pm 12/09/14 12:46pm

Madison Bumgarner Has No Idea Where His Truck Is

Madison Bumgarner was given a Chevy truck with "um, you know technology and stuff" for winning the World Series MVP. Considering that Bumgarner once described his offseason as consisting of "Get up, feed animals, eat lunch, play catch with my cousin, feed animals, eat, go to bed," he seems like the kind of guy that… » 11/03/14 11:53pm 11/03/14 11:53pm

Why Did Madison Bumgarner Get The Save And Not The Win?

Caveat: this couldn't possibly matter less. It's a footnote to a footnote. The win is the most arbitrary and least informative stat in baseball, rivaled only by the save. But the decision to grant Madison Bumgarner a win, and then to reverse course nearly an hour after the final out, is worth examining if just because… » 10/30/14 3:07pm 10/30/14 3:07pm

The Giants' Defense Deserves Some Love, Too

Madison Bumgarner rolled into Game 7 of the World Series like Gozer The Destructor and gave us one of the greatest postseason performances in history, and so you wouldn't be blamed for overlooking the contributions of the rest of the Giants on the field. With that in mind, let's take a moment to throw some praise on… » 10/30/14 12:36pm 10/30/14 12:36pm

Madison Bumgarner's Dad Is The Best Sports Dad

One bizarre side effect of turning in one of the best postseason pitching runs in MLB history is that the New York Times will send a reporter out to North Carolina to interview your dad saying just the dad-est possible things. So meet Kevin Bumgarner, proud father of the reigning World Series MVP, whose opinion on… » 10/30/14 11:45am 10/30/14 11:45am

Salvador Perez Never Stood A Chance Against Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner ended the World Series by throwing six straight high fastballs to Salvador Perez, the majority of which were up around Perez's eyeballs. It was the perfect matchup for the series to end on: a guy who works his fastball high in the zone better than any pitcher in the league coming right after a… » 10/30/14 10:59am 10/30/14 10:59am

You Will Never See A Pitching Performance Like That Again

What Madison Bumgarner just did is supposed to be impossible. Every single pitch, every single whip of the arm exerts an extreme amount of pressure on the wrist, elbow, shoulder, and every single joint and muscle in-between. After games you see starting pitchers with giant bags of ice wrapped around their shoulders,… » 10/30/14 1:18am 10/30/14 1:18am

Giants Win World Series With Five-Inning Bumgarner Relief Performance


The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years thanks to Madison Bumgarner's brilliant five-inning relief performance—one that required him to strand a man on third thanks to some lousy outfield defense in the bottom of the ninth. Here's how the final out sounded; above is Pablo Alsina on Fox… » 10/30/14 12:28am 10/30/14 12:28am

Madison Bumgarner's World Series MVP Presentation Got Super Awkward

Chevrolet executive Rikk Wilde was tasked with awarding Madison Bumgarner the World Series MVP award, and it was a struggle. "It combines class-winning and -leading, um, you know technology and stuff," Rikk says breathlessly of the truck being awarded to Bumgarner. Poor Rikk and his notecards made Bud Selig look like… » 10/30/14 12:15am 10/30/14 12:15am

All Of Madison Bumgarner's Game 5 Strikeout Pitches, At The Same Time

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner's line last night was filthy, and in the course of earning the complete game he picked up eight strikeouts while walking zero. Here is a video featuring a composite of all eight of those strikeout pitches, similar to what we did with Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter. » 10/27/14 11:59am 10/27/14 11:59am

Madison Bumgarner's Fastball Is Getting Deadlier

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner didn't seem to have his best stuff during Game 5 of the NLCS, and was particularly let down by his cutter. It was flat, non-biting versions of that pitch that yielded an RBI double to Jon Jay and a solo home run to Tony Cruz Jr. (Matt Adams also took him deep on a curveball that hung a… » 10/17/14 1:36pm 10/17/14 1:36pm

Katie Nolan Tries To Chug Six Beers Better Than Madison Bumgarner

Katie Nolan has a problem with people claiming that pitcher Madison Bumgarner's chugging four, five, or six beers after the Giants win postseason games. (We've gone with different wordings, because he's really just pouring them on his face, though that's still cool.) So, Nolan attempted to show how to actually chug… » 10/17/14 11:10am 10/17/14 11:10am

Madison Bumgarner Takes Six Beers To The Face

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner "chugged" four beers at once when his team won the wild card play-in game. When he "chugged" five beers after winning the NLDS, everyone wondered if he'd be able to work his way up to six beers in the event of an NLCS win. So, did he go for the full sixer last night? You're goddamn right… » 10/17/14 10:03am 10/17/14 10:03am

Madison Bumgarner's Curveball Made Hitters Look Dumb Last Night

Madison Bumgarner accomplished a very specific feat in last night's Game 1 NLCS win: The Giants lefty broke the record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 26.2 after he exited the game against the Cardinals. It was entertaining to watch him work his way through the lineup, but obviously more fun to… » 10/12/14 10:42am 10/12/14 10:42am