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Madison Bumgarner cannot keep his cool when it comes to Yasiel Puig

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Last night’s barking between Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig sure was fun. Dumb, but fun. As I noted in this morning’s post about the game, this one seemed to be on Bumgarner, as he hooted and yelped at a 1-3 groundout and then repeated “don’t look at me, don’t look at me!” to Puig, which is high comedy.

It’s also nothing exactly new between them. And, like last night’s incidents, they were instigated by Bumgarner. Or, at the very least, escalated by him and his thin skin and, apparently, fragile ego, at least when it comes to Puig.

Take this incident back in May of 2014, when Puig hit a homer off of Bumgarner and then Bumgarner decided to bark at him, Brian-McCann-style:

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Sure, Puig flipped his bat, but what is that if not the hitter’s version of the little hollering and glove-smacking Bumgarner did last night? I guess it’s OK if you’re a pitcher, but not a hitter.

Then there was the time Bumgarner threw at Puig’s feet.

Note: it’s the bottom of the first inning, so it’s not like there was something that led to it in that game. Bumgarner just had a case of the angries, probably held over from the previous May. Throwing a 90 m.p.h. at a hitter’s ankles is totally cool, but DON’T YOU DARE look at a guy!

I know I’m in the bag for Puig, so I must admit, in the interests of fairness, that Puig has been a knucklehead on several occasions himself. He doesn’t play angry like Bumgarner, but he has pissed off a lot of guys. But Ken Rosenthal isn’t in the bag for Puig like I am. As such, it’s probably worth noting what he said about all of this morning more than anything I’m saying:

This is 100% the truth.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.