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:
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.