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


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.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.