Anytime you do something in Major League Baseball and they say you are the first to do it, that’s a big deal. With a game so entrenched with tradition and heritage, it’s tough to find something that hasn’t been done. That being said, Madison Bumgarner’s performance in the World Series this year was just that, a first.
Not only did Bumgarner post two wins and a save in the World Series that stretched to seven games, he posted a dominant 0.43 ERA in 21 innings with 17 strikeouts and just one walk. The first however, was how he went about it. After throwing a gem in the first game of the series, keeping the high powered and speedy Kansas City Royals offense to just one run, he came back five days later to throw a complete game shutout. At this point in the World Series he had thrown 16 innings in six days, and already posted an epic World Series performance.
However, history is not made in the postseason by keeping with the usual routine. Usually Bumgarner gets five days rest between starts, but when it came to game 7 of this year’s World Series, he did away with the rules and took the ball when it mattered most. After Tim Hudson and Jeremy Affeldt gave up two runs through four innings the game stood at 3-2 with the Giants in the lead, and Giants manager Bruce Bouchey wanted to keep it that way. That’s when Bumgarner got the call.
Over the next five innings he did not just impress, he dominated. By the end of the game he had thrown five innings of shut out ball on three days rest and given up no runs, leading the Giants to their third World Series Championship in five years. It was an epic performance by one of the leagues top young stars.
So, what is the World Series MVP to do in the off-season. Take a break, of course, but also take advantage of the notoriety and respect he earned in October. A part of what comes with stardom is endorsement deals, and they are about to start rolling in for Bumgarner.
Recently, he signed the first deal of many to come with Jockey International, Inc. As a part of the deal he will be receiving his own line of underwear, theMadBum collection, as a part of Jockey’s ongoing Supporting Greatness campaign. The campaign is aimed at showcasing the greatness of Jockey’s quality-crafted products, and the great men who were supported by them by featuring accomplished athletes like Bumgarner in TV, print, online and outdoor media.
“Jockey is an iconic American brand that has supported baseball and the greatness of its players for years,” said Bumgarner. “I’m proud to wear Jockey and celebrate this championship with my teammates and the great ‘bums’ everywhere.”
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