Madison Bumgarner delivered the Giants World Series banner on a horse

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Some people say that, when you succeed, act like you’ve been there before. Other people say when you win, you can do whatever the hell you want because you won, man. I think there is wisdom in both of these seemingly contradictory positions and can’t myself say for sure if, in the event I ever reach the pinnacle of my field, I will act calmly and graciously or if I’ll spike the football and stuff. I get the argument from both sides.

The Giants have three titles in five years and I don’t begrudge them their excitement. I can’t say I expected their World Series MVP to literally appear on a steed or to hear the most on-the-nose rendition of “We Are the Champions” performed since the death of Freddie Mercury, but I don’ begrudge it either.

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Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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