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Wednesday BP: San Jose Giants celebrate Mason Saunders

The story that keeps on giving.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) raises the championship banner after mounting a horse on his way to deliver the banner to center centerfield before their home opener against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

In this space yesterday, we covered the amazing story of Mason Saunders, the (formerly) secretive rodeo identity of San Francisco Giants franchise icon Madison Bumgarner.

It didn’t take long for a team within the organization to take notice, and take action. While the Giants can’t really do much with Bumgarner, since he’s under contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, their lower-level affiliates can.

On Tuesday, the high-A San Jose Giants announced that June 5 will be Mason Saunders Night, complete with a shirsey giveaway, some roping competitions, and of course, some good BBQ.

Well done. Also, whoever is in charge of graphics for the San Jose social team . . . get that person a raise.

This is an incredible promotion by San Jose, and I hope that those of you in the area consider going to it.

Bumgarner didn’t spend much time with the high-A Giants, but he made a few trips to San Jose. In 2009, still a prospect, Bumgarner made five starts for San Jose, earning an ERA of 1.48 while striking out 23 batters in 24.1 innings.

He returned in 2017 while rehabbing the shoulder he injured in a dirt bike accident, and had not-so-good results, but in a small sample size: An ERA of 8.10 in two starts, with 13 punch-outs in 10 innings.

And then he came back in 2018 on another rehab assignment. He made one start, allowing 1 earned run in 4.2 innings, while striking out 7.