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Madison Bumgarner was peeved by Yasiel Puig last night

May 10, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT

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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. glennsyank13 - May 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    What is with baseball players having such fragile egos. Be men, you sissies!

    • djandujar - May 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      word

  2. bubbalynch - May 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    This bat slip thing will never end, will it? SF be careful throwing at Puig today because guess who is pitching? Yes, Greinke and he doesn’t shy away from some action! Go Dodgers!

    • nogoodtomedead - May 10, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      They won’t throw at Puig- Giants don’t need to give the Dodgers anything to get fired up about- they seem to have their number right now- no reason to wake up LA’s lineup

    • sailcat54 - May 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Dodger fans seem to be so bitter these days. I guess the only reason to go to Dodgers games these days is to watch Puig misbehave and to leave in the seventh inning.

  3. scotttheskeptic - May 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Shocking! A guy wearing SF was peeved by a guy wearing LA?

  4. notsofast10 - May 10, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    The club is growing every week. McCann, Cole, and now Bumgartner.

  5. marklar1025 - May 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Shocking – that the Giants are absolutely owning the Dodgers in their own stadium (winning 7 of the last 8 there) and the only report is on the lone Puig HR. Yes, shocking.

  6. nolasoxfan2012 - May 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    That was such a minor bat flip that it doesn’t even really qualify as a bat flip. After the next homer against the Giants he should carefully (and elaborately and very, very slowly) place the bat on the ground and then sprint around the bases.

  7. nogoodtomedead - May 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Meh. Who cares?

    I feel like a lot of the posts on here here saying guys should just let these things go have completely forgotten what its like to be in a competitive mode. Instead of taking the side of anyone who says guys should let players flip bats, walk down the line, pump their fist and jump around if they get a strike out, moonwalk into home plate- I say get pissed. You want to win- get fired up. Apparently its become the trend to say it’s ok for players to play with emotion if its some sort of self promoting act of joy.

    I take the other side. Get pissed. Hate your opponent. Send a message (Not promoting beaning a guy or anything). Stand your ground.

    Bumgarner probably did blow it out of proportion. But as a Giants fan- I love it. Tell Puig to look at the score board. Hate the guy- you’re a great pitcher- and he is a great player you’re going to face for a long time. Build the rivalry- buy into it.

    Bumgarner is passionate about winning- Puig is passionate about being the center of attention. It’s going to create issues. And now I’m waiting for the Puig v. Bumgarner match-up every time.

    • yahmule - May 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      I think this is very reasonable.

      • yahmule - May 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        I love both of those guys. I’m just glad nobody got hurt doing something dumb.

      • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Can’t wait for Puig to blast another one.

  8. sabatimus - May 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Bumgarner is either being sarcastic or he’s not a good liar.

    • renaado - May 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Definitely, congratulating him he said? I highly doubt that.

    • jwbiii - May 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      I think he realized that Puig acted in the elation of the moment and he acted in the frustration of the moment. The moment has passed. Let’s downplay the whole incident before people take it seriously or something.

      • sabatimus - May 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Pro baseball players ALWAYS take stuff like this too seriously.

    • renaado - May 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Just watched Bumgarner’s interview about Puig’s homerun in the MLB videos, clearly he was lying during that time. It’s really ridiculous for someone to say he’s congratulating Puig because he just hit a hr off him knowin there are also other guys who homered off him this season, and hasn’t congratulated one single guy aside from Puig since.

    • infieldhit - May 11, 2014 at 4:33 AM

      People on HBT not getting painfully obvious sarcasm. Not surprised.

      • renaado - May 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        To tell you the truth, I’m probably the only one who can’t determine what’s sarcasm and whats not here. Truly hard to detect when your in the net. Still, none of that matters anyway.

  9. hcf95688 - May 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Bumgarner showing some roid rage.

  10. onbucky96 - May 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Puig is going to go Nuclear on somebody this season. Hope the Giants order the Code Red today so I can enjoy it the rest of the weekend. Admit it, “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

  11. jburk003 - May 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    @DJ

    Did Craig ask you to write this article??

    Pretty sure Bumgardner got the last laugh also. 1 run for the richest payroll in baseball??

    Talk about ownage. Giants have already won 3 series, 6 out of 8 wins. That big payroll is working wonder for LA…LOL

    • darman55 - May 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      This is a four game series, so they haven’t quite won three yet. At the very worst, two series wins and a draw. Greinke and Kershaw, won’t be easy for the Giants.

    • clydeserra - May 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      the Giants aren’t exactly paupers.

    • kingscourt25 - May 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      celebrating division titles in May, are we?

  12. espy70 - May 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Would really enjoy if someone buzzed the old head, maybe that would cool the antics of the “enthusiastic” jack wagon

  13. smcgaels1997 - May 10, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    It was the combination if bat flip, admiring and taking his sweet time to get the trot going. Any of the 3 by self no biggie but all of it was prob what irritated Bum. So what if he had words. Big deal, quit acting like Puigs act isn’t a big deal

  14. smcgaels1997 - May 10, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    If anyone thinks Bum was serious with his comments makes sense why things get blown out if proportion. Who cares. But I do like how Puigs act is now accepted. And by the way LA fans… Scoreboard

  15. kkkershaw22 - May 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I hope puig bat flips every homeruns in his career until these stuck up baseball people understand that you can’t tell anyone how to celebrate and if you don’t like it go watch golf you boring fu&@s

    • clydeserra - May 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      i would add, that I hope the entire team adopts the bat flip to back him up.

      • yahmule - May 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Think of how awesome a Justin Turner bat flip would be.

  16. jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Bottom Line: Dodgers lose again to the Giants. The Dodgers LOSE!

  17. jason9696 - May 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Yasiel Puig is a punk. Act like you’ve hit a home run before and don’t flip the freaking bat.

  18. seanwasamarine - May 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Puig acts like he’s been in the show for years the way he stares at his homers and crawls around the bases. He doesn’t rate that yet.

  19. dakotah55 - May 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Now, now everyone needs to calm down a little. At least this time Puig actually hit a home run when he flipped the bat. Not like a couple days ago against the Nats. I’d say this is a definite sign of growing maturity on Puig’s part.

    • yahmule - May 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      And better depth perception.

      ;~)

  20. ryanb1370 - May 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Puig is a bum I would never want him or his antics on my team. He acts like he has hit 500 homeruns and has been in the league for 12 years. Honestly he is completely stupid to even say anything back to Bumgarner because he doesn’t speak any freaking English. Just another example how some immigrant wants to come to this country and not learn the freaking language.

    • kkkershaw22 - May 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      You are one ignorant Mf or are you just mad that an immigrant kid who came to this country less than a year ago already has more millions than you and all your poor family can come up with?lol

      • kkkershaw22 - May 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Thumbs down means you hate the truth.lol

    • djandujar - May 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Get a life, redneck.

    • CyclePower - May 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Yup, because Baseball is a game fer Muricans…white Muricans. What kinda name is Puuuu-ig any how’s? Sounds like pig…like….”squeal lika pig.” Yee haw! Yeeup, ryan1370, that there Poweeg is just another of dem i-legals comin’ up here thinkin’ they can act howevers they want. They gotta know dere place.

      Dat Bryce Harper on da udda hand, I like him! They boy’s got sum fire in his belly! Good fer da game!

  21. illuminancer - May 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Perhaps pimping your home run after your pitcher has just broken one of our best players is not a good plan. If the score is at all lopsided during the next to games, someone will get drilled.

  22. hittfamily - May 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    The common “unwritten rule” is don’t show up your opponent. I’d go so far as to say it should finally be written. In the NBA, a finger wag will get you a technical, and that’s where trash talking started. In the NFL, they have outlawed almost all forms of celebrations on plays not resulting in a touchdown, and most celebrations when a TD is scored. I don’t want to see baseball end up in the Hockey/Soccer category of “take off your shirt and fall to your knees”, or “ride your stick and whip it like it’s a horse”.

    Puig won that battle. Batflips are viewed by the loser as throwing salt in the wound. Celebrate with your teammates in the dugout, not by yourself on the field. Every time a batter steps into the box, that means the previous guy either succeeded or failed. It also means the pitcher either succeeded or failed. I don’t want 80+ celebrations every game, either by the pitcher for a fielders choice, or by the batter for enticing a walk, and neither does the guy who loses to the player celebrating.

    A fist pump or something similar I could take. It is pure exuberance. Batflips after homers are choreographed, practiced, and are simply done to applaud oneself. I don’t have a problem with a pitcher being angry about being on the receiving end of it.

    • renaado - May 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better. Truly well said.

    • larrythecat5 - May 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Very good perspective!

      Puig totalllllly slowed down his trot to a crawl. It was definitely a message from him to Bummy and the Giants. Puig does something hot-dog every game against SF. I think it is adding-up and the Giants are tired of it.

  23. metalhead65 - May 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    if it is ok for batters to show up pitchers no matter what they do at the plate pitchers should come up with their own celebrations after they get the showboat out. see if he thinks it’s a big deal if they flip their glove in the air after every out he makes.

  24. kcz62364 - May 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Can’t stand Puig. He needs to respect the game and quit showboating. Hit the ball and run the bases. He needs to watch Scott Rolen a couple times to see how it should be done

    • bigdicktater - May 10, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      I’d like to see Scott Rolen give Puig a noogie!

    • scotttheskeptic - May 10, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      You mean the Scott Rolen who was run out of three cities because of his attitude/mouth?

  25. moogro - May 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Ugh. Nothing gets the macho chicken hawks going like this stuff.

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