Here’s the breakdown of Madison Bumgarner’s season, so far (with a tip of the cap to the people at www.csnbayarea.com who figure out statistics).
2 wins, 8 losses
The Giants have had three runs or less in ten of those starts
Two runs or less, in nine of them
One run or less in six of them
In five of them?
As a Giants fan, what part of that is surprising? That he had actually had a whole fraction of a Major League season where he got some support.
And that he is unshakably stoic through the whole thing, à la Matt Cain. He talks to the press every five days with a vaguely amused expression and his NorCarolina drawl and somehow makes you feel a little better about resigning yourself to the fact that he’s that starter on the team right now; the one who the first place team can’t just muster a few runs for. Eventually, they’ll snap out of it. If World Series winning/parade/celebrity-hood didn’t initiate you into Giantville, Madison, this should.
The real highlight of last night was, in my opinion, the return of Edgar.
Even in Cincinnati red (I think our colors suited him way better, for the record) he looked and acted and felt like a Giant. He was injured a good chunk of the time and we all had plenty of complaints about him, but he was a World Series hero. And his August 30th, 2009 grand slam against the Rockies is one I will never, ever forget. It was the catalyst moment in that sorta-kinda playoff run and watching it again gives me goosebumps. You can watch it here.
I feel like we’re overdue for a warm-weather (another sorta-kinda there) offensive outburst tonight. Anyone with me on that?
p.s. Would you buy clothes from this guy? Would you buy anything from this guy? (Even besides the the fact that I wouldn’t buy shirts that say “Designated Kisser” from anyone.)
If you’re looking for a fashionable, summery, feminine way and ever so mildly classy way to show your fandom, try these awesome sequined Rangers flip flops from the official MLB shop. I am in love.