Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"I forget my age most of the time"

That's Madison Bumgarner talking to Alex Pavlovic at the Sam Jose Mercury-News. Damn straight. It's stunning to think that he's not even 24 and is the ace of the staff. Here's some of the verbiage on a fine piece from the All-Star game. MadBum didn't pitch last night, which is just fine by me....

Bumgarner, midway through his third full season, already has 46 wins and has pitched 15 scoreless innings in two World Series victories. He is an accomplished and mature pitcher, but when he lines up for his first All-Star Game, he will also be the second youngest of 35 pitchers on the field. Only 20-year-old Miami rookie Jose Fernandez was born after Bumgarner’s August 1, 1989 birthdate.
“He’s a phenom,” said Hunter Pence, a two-time All-Star. “But nobody notices because of how humble he is. He’s humble and he’s also a superstar. That’s a rare thing.”
The description is one that’s given over and over again as teammates are asked to describe Bumgarner’s ascension to ace status during a rough first half. Bumgarner is said to be one of the first players to the park every day, already deep into lifting, running, video study or mechanical work as others show up.
“You never see him satisfied,” Ryan Vogelsong said.

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