On Wednesday night, Madison Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings of relief to bring the Giants their third World Series in five years. He earned two wins and a save, pitching 21 innings while giving up just nine hits and one run. It was an incredible run, and when it was over, New York Times reporter Michael Powell was there with Madison’s father Kevin.
“Last winter we were at dinner there,” Kevin said, “and someone says, ‘Hey, Madison!’ I figured it was autograph time. Then the guy says, ‘I hear you got a new horse!’ ”
Even following Madison’s incredible performance, it seems unlikely that the people of North Carolina will be fawning too much.