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Madison Bumgarner is not a happy camper

Aug 8, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

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The Giants are in last place in the NL West and are playing some ugly baseball lately. Madison Bumgarner was unable to play the “we just got to play them one game at a time” game after last night’s dispiriting loss to the Brewers. First, he described a misplayed bunt thusly:

“The bunt had dropped back to me and we had a chance to get him at third. I come up to throw and the guy’s not on the base,” Bumgarner said.

“The guy” being Pablo Sandoval who broke in to get the bunt but then was late getting back to the bag for Bumgarner’s throw. Yes, he is describing the play accurately, but it’s not common to see a player actually point the finger at a teammate like that.

Bumgarner had a general negative take too. From Hank Schulman’s gamer:

Madison Bumgarner was asked if he thought a team so used to success might be checking out mentally now that loss after loss has knocked them so far out of contention.

“Sometimes, yeah, I do,” Bumgarner said. “It seems like it some days we come in here, and some days it doesn’t.”
Bumgarner pitched well himself into the eighth only to get no run support until a 1-0 lead late, so it’s understandable if he was frustrated. But Bruce Bochy is probably not too pleased with the public airing of disappointment.
  1. Francisco (FC) - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    He’s channeling Papelbon.

    • yahmule - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Ouch. Being compared to that guy should be ample motivation to bite your tongue.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    It could have been worse. At least Bumgarner did not admit to a tight bum.

    • losangelesfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      But, he is Mad Bum

    • historiophiliac - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      I resisted the urge to say “he’s bummed.” Do I get points for that?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        No!

  3. zippythesquirrel - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    What Bumgamer has here is a failure to communicate.

    • thebadguyswon - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Some infielders you just can’t reach.

  4. nogoodtomedead - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I really don’t have much of a problem with this. He’s our staff ace now- and probably will be moving forward. And its nice to see that a guy is pissed to be losing even though the season is lost. Calling out teammates isn’t something to make a habit of- but letting the team and the fans know that your pissed about how things are going isn’t a terrible thing. Especially as a pitcher- this Giants team this year has looked like a little league team in the field this year with the mental mistakes and errors on routine plays- not to mention hitting with RISP.

  5. rcali - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Does Bummy really expect an out of shape fat dude to be able to get around the field with ease?

  6. blabidibla - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Just how fast does he think Pablo can roll to that base?

    This year we have the fat Panda, and that is indicative of the team’s attitude. A little fat and lazy after winning it all last year.

  7. ilovegspot - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Giants in last place Dodgers in 1st place!

  8. beaverdam21 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Despite everything things still looked salvageable(?) until this guy Puig came along.

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