Madison Bumgarner wanted to ride a horse in the World Series parade. The cops wouldn’t let him.

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This is fun. When the Giants victory parade was getting ready to go on Friday, the police told World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner “if there’s anything we can do for you, let us know.” SFGate reports that he tried to take them up on that offer:

At which point, Bumgarner looked over at the line of police horses and said, “Anything? How ’bout you letting me ride one of them horses in the parade?”

They ran it all the way up the flagpole to the Chief of Police, but ultimately they decided against it. Instead, they let him sit on a horse for a picture, which you can see here.

The issue wasn’t Bumgarner’s inexperience. He’s a country boy who has ridden horses for years. It was more a matter of the rain, big crowds which could spook a horse and the fact that, if the Madison Freakin’ Bumgarner were to fall off a horse and break his elbow or dislocate his shoulder or something, the person who let him do it would probably have to go into witness protection.

I mean, he’s pretty important to the team. It’s not like he’s some third baseman playing out the end of his career here.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.