It’s certain, good rivalries are filled with the kind of thing that happened on Sunday in San Francisco.
Therefore, let’s set the mood. It’s the first inning and Max Muncy is facing off against Madison Bumgarner. You may have heard what happened next.
MAD. MAX. pic.twitter.com/65q7saXtgl
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 9, 2019
Indeed – the ball landed in McCovey Cove – and the Dodgers won the game 1-0 to take the series against their rivals. Then, the legend of Max Muncy as a Dodger grew once again. Keep in mind, this man once had a mural dedicated to him!
So what did Muncy and Bumgarner have words about?
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 9, 2019
Muncy: “Bumgarner said ‘don’t watch the ball, run’, and I just told him if he doesn’t want me to watch the ball, go get it out of the ocean.”
— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) June 9, 2019
Just a little good old fashioned rivalry. Of course, Bumgarner didn’t have a lot to smile about in regards to the relative dust-up.
Madison Bumgarner: “They want to let everyone be themselves, then let me by myself. That’s me. You do your thing, I’ll do mine. Everybody is different. That’s how I want to play, that’s how I’m going to.”
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) June 9, 2019
Sure, one can say that Dodgers fans would be upset if the shoe was on the other foot. However, that’s not the case; and this is fun to be on the winning side. Bumgarner has acted like well; Bumgarner for years. Let’s face it – it’s run stale a bit. I don’t know too many fans from any fan base who love him for his manner. If the job is to entertain a little bit, good for Muncy for having some fun.
Furthermore, this is the type of thing that makes a rivalry great. No one got hurt, no one got beaned, the benches weren’t cleared.
Everything was settled between the white lines in a one-run total ballgame. And that’s the way it should be. Props to both players for letting it play out that way – and for letting some emotion show. Clearly, we want more of this in baseball.