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Saturday BP: Madison Bumgarner, non-Giant

It will take a while to get used to.

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Hello and happy Saturday. I hope your weekend is good, despite the San Francisco Giants being awful.

Just a handful of minutes before the Giants embarked in their Friday shellacking at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks opened the season against the San Diego Padres.

And with it, Madison Bumgarner threw his first ever pitch in a jersey that didn’t say “Giants” on it (or “San Francisco” ... or “Gigantes”).

It was poignant.

It was also familiar. Bumgarner did his usual things — smoothly delivered his long release, blew snotrockets (sorry health and safety protocol), showed limited emotion, and spit tobacco (sorry health and safety protocol) — and his performance was familiar too.

He was spectacular for five innings, allowing no runs, but his offense gave him nothing. Then he was brought out for the sixth inning, gave up a three-run double to old friend Eric Hosmer, and lost.

It was still nice to see him pitch, and to reminisce about his Giants tenure. But of course it couldn’t be without a little controversy.

It’s not entirely clear what Andrew Baggarly is referencing here. He’s made mention that Bumgarner’s exit was more awkward, and had more hurt feelings involved than was initially let on, something that Bumgarner himself has made a few hints at.

I’m guessing that’s the reference, but it could also be about the Giants decision to not let starters pitch starter minutes, or the fact that the Giants are plum terrible, or even commentary about how Bumgarner might have reacted to the Giants social justice actions in the past week.

Either way, watching him pitch made me happy, and watching him pitch in a non-Giants jersey made me sad.

So it goes.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?


July 25, 1996: Against the Atlanta Braves, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of Greg Maddux, scoring Matt Williams. It gave the Giants a 3-0 lead, and they would win 4-3. It was his 26th homer of the year.

July 25, 1997: Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning off of Jason Schmidt. It cut the Giants deficit to 3-1, and they would lose 5-2. It was his 27th homer of the year.

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I hope your Saturday is wonderful.