Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward had a misunderstanding during Thursday evening’s Cactus League exhibition. With his team trailing by three runs in the fourth inning, Heyward had a 1-2 count with runners on second and third and one out. Dexter Fowler was standing on second base. Bumgarner struck Heyward out looking with an inside breaking ball.
Heyward looked back towards the mound, or so it seemed at first glance. Bumgarner thought Heyward was trying to provoke him so he stepped off the mound as Heyward was returning to the dugout. The two exchanged words as Heyward gesticulated towards second base. As the ESPN broadcast pointed out, Bumgarner cooled off as he understood Heyward’s intent.
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Bumgarner thinks Fowler was relaying signs, ostensibly about pitch location, to Heyward, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports. “You might want to be a little more discreet about that if you’re going to do that kind of thing,” Bumgarner said after the game.
“He said he wasn’t talking to me. He said he wasn’t looking at me, or something,” Bumgarner said of Heyward.
Who said spring training didn’t have drama?