The accolades for the San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner were coming thick and fast, after his dominant victory over the Kansas City Royals, in the opener of the 2014 World Series. Bumgarner pitched seven innings of one-run ball, in giving his team a lead in the best-of-seven series. He extended his postseason scoreless streak, on the road, to 33 and-a-third innings.
Gregor Blanco had this to say, “I said it before; he’s not human. He’s like a machine. It’s unbelievable the way he’s pitching.”
“He’s incredible; he’s absolutely spectacular,” added Hunter Pence
In his post-game interview, Bruce Bochy said, “This is a big stage…a loud crowd…he just keeps that maniacal focus you’d like, when you need to. He’s as good as anybody I’ve seen.”
With all of this attention on the Giants’ Road Warrior, what fans would like to know, is why can’t broadcasters, and anyone with a mic in his or her hand, pronounce Madison Bumgarner’s last name correctly? There is no “D” in Bumgarner.
Tonight it was Harold Reynolds, but he is only the latest in a long string of television and radio personalities, who insist on adding an extra letter, to Bumgarner’s surname.
To be honest, MadBum probably does not care. But some do.
Bumgarner is not a gardener; he is a pitcher.
When a player is on the path to racking up Hall of Fame credentials, the least people can do is pronounce the poor guy’s name properly. He is a pitcher, not a gardener.
No “D.” Anywhere.