As we wait for the Baseball Industrial Complex to wake up on this Tuesday morning, it’s worth looking at Sports Illustrated’s article about its Sportsman of the Year, Madison Bumgarner. Much of it is devoted to Madison Bumgarner: country boy who puts on no airs at all. But in the middle of all of that comes a weird fact. See if you can spot it:
It’s all true. That he was so good so young that he started playing coach-pitch baseball at age four against seven-year-olds, and is so adept with either hand that he shoots a bow, bats, writes and ropes righthanded, but throws from the left side. That his father, Kevin, wouldn’t let him throw a curveball until he had a driver’s license. That before he dated Ali, he dated a girl named Madison Bumgarner (“No relation, I’m sure of it”). That he was married in a white, open-collar shirt and blue jeans while carrying a pocket-knife. That he bought Ali a cow just before their wedding (though not specifically as a wedding present), and she loved it.
If I met a girl named Craig Calcaterra I’d marry that girl. Not gonna lie about that. Alex Rodriguez feels the same way about a woman named Alex Rodriguez, I assume. That Bumgarner didn’t marry Madison Bumgarner just makes him different than Alex and me.