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Madison Bumgarner was peeved by Yasiel Puig last night

May 10, 2014, 9:35 AM EST

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Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner delivered a gem last night against the Dodgers, tossing eight innings of one-run ball as part of a 3-1 victory. The lone run scored on a solo home run by Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the sixth inning. And the blast nearly caused a benches-clearing incident.

As you’ll see in the video here, Bumgarner was apparently offended by Puig’s bat flip and let him know about it as he came down the third base line. Puig slowed down his trot to bark back at Bumgarner, but the umpires prevented things from escalating any further.

Via Chris Haft of MLB.com, Bumgarner played coy about the situation after the game:

“I was congratulating him. It was a really good hit. It was impressive. Again, I don’t know why everybody got so mad. It escalated quickly for no reason. I think he said, ‘Thank you.’ I’m not sure if he did. I don’t speak Spanish very well.”

Via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly felt that Bumgarner overreacted:

“He hit it, flipped it and ran. I’m not sure what he’s upset about. You see guys do stuff every day. The double standard is always annoying. Obviously, Yasiel is a little bit of a lightning rod. He plays hard. I didn’t think he did anything wrong.”

Meh. On a scale of 1-to-Puig, this bat flip was about a three. Far from his best work. Maybe Bumgarner was mad that he didn’t flip it with more enthusiasm? That’s gotta be it. I was disappointed too.

  1. campcouch - May 11, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Baseball and football…a lotta yapping and acting tough. They should let dudes throw down like in hockey. We’ll see how badass everyone is when the whole team doesn’t rush in and they have to square off one on one. Helmets ripped off,bat in hand,whatever,let’s see how much passion they have when they have to look another man in his eyes and handle him with no interference.

    • infieldhit - May 11, 2014 at 4:27 AM

      If some hockey player did a ridiculous celebration every time he scored, I don’t really see the other team sending out their goon to get into a fight with him.

      Maybe they rough him up a bit, but then his team’s tough guy ends up fighting the other tough guy, and… I’m not sure what that solves.

    • hittfamily - May 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Hockey players aren’t tall enough to get on a roller coaster. 5 foot, 120 pound guys going at it is entertainment 6’3″ 225 guys going at it is dangerous.

  2. jjschiller - May 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    If my lip-reading skills are any good, I’m pretty sure Bumgarner said “Third place.”

    Oh no, that’s from reading the standings, not his lips. It’s the STANDINGS that say Puig’s club is in third place.

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