Madison Kyle Bumgarner is no Bum. In fact, he’s a Rock Star. He’s a first rate, first class, fearless ace and future All Star pitcher who’s achieved rock star status. Bumgarner practically won the 2014 World Series all by himself. He carried his teammates on his back as his San Francisco Giants won the Fall Classic by rolling right by the Kansas City Royals in seven games. The series went the distance but it really wasn’t that close, at least when you factor in Bumgarner.
Madison Bumgarner, after dominating the Royals in Game 1 and throwing a shutout in Game 5, finished the Royals off in Game 7 with five shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out four and allowing no walks. He earned a save for his efforts and won the MVP for his heroics.
Burgarner, for the series as a whole, was 2-0 with a Game 7 save. He allowed only nine hits, one run and one walk in 21 innings of work while striking out 17. He had an ERA of 0.43 and a WHIP of 0.48 with a K:BB ratio of 17:1.
In an era of hyperbole and overreaction, Bumgarner’s performance in this series needs no beautification. It truly was one of the greatest World Series pitching performances, ever. He’s 25 years old and he pitched his team to victory with two wins and one huge, 5 plus inning save. And so the difference between Bumgarner and any other pitcher begins and ends with how he sees himself. Madison Bumgarner, is nicknamed “MadBum;” mad meaning crazy and bum meaning he’s a scrum. But he doesn’t see himself that way.
Some time ago, a reader asked me to write more about a blog I wrote some time ago, entitled, “Perish in the Past, or Flourish in the Future.” We all tend to live in the past. We all tend to relish the past, to relive the past, and reminisce on, you got it, the past. That’s called history. It’s past us, it’s gone and it’s not coming back. Bumgarner, by his heroics and Houdini like, legendary and historic performance, taught us again how to dwell on the here and now.
We need to learn to live in the moment. We need to learn how to see ourselves; not losing or limping or lacking, but winning, and warring and walloping all that is evil and vile, all that is crooked and corrupted, and all that is jagged and twisted. We should be setting spiritual records; not chasing them, but shattering them, just because we can.
So you too can come to rock star status. Just like David. Once a back-woods shepherd of his father’s sheep, David achieved rock star status after his date with destiny when he galloped Goliath. His poise perched him much higher and much further than he ever dreamed, and this is the same destiny and doctrine that we should expect and exemplify ourselves.
“. . . He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.”
Zechariah 12:8, KJV