Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle 2017
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Flip through the slideshow above for a look back at the most insane MadBum anecdotes in his 11-year Giants career.
Trade speculation has been swirling around Madison Bumgarner for weeks now. And while the Giants’ ace was expected to bring in quite the haul in a likely sellers market, San Francisco suddenly being thrust into the wildcard race has, well, complicated things.
Bumgarner reports have ranged from the Giants already tried to trade him to they definitely didn’t already try to trade him to it’s impossible to say if he’ll be traded to there’s no way the Giants can trade him.
If the Giants do deal the former World Series MVP, Tuesday’s 6:45 p.m. game against the Cubs would most likely be his final start in a San Francisco uniform.
Which would be a huge loss not just for the ball club, but also for local headline writers.
In his 11-year career in the orange and black, Bumgarner has been as successful (three World Series titles, one World Series MVP, one NLCS MVP, four All-Star appearances) as he has been downright enigmatic.
Tom Verducci’s 2014 Sportsman of the Year profile of Bumgarner for Sports Illustrated described tales of Bumgarner’s personal life as Daniel Boone-like.
“He bought Ali a cow just before their wedding (though not specifically as a wedding present), and she loved it,” Verducci wrote. “His father, Kevin, wouldn’t let him throw a curveball until he had a driver’s license… he was married in a white, open-collar shirt and blue jeans while carrying a pocket-knife.”
And the list goes on … quite literally in the slideshow above, where we catalog all things MadBum, from the time he lost the truck they gave him after winning the World Series to the time he rode a horse around what was then-AT&T Park on Opening Day.
Grant Marek is SFGATE’s editorial director. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @grant_marek
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