On Sunday I was really pissed off when I heard Madison Bumgarner had agreed to a relatively paltry $85 million five year deal with the Diamondbacks. Why couldn’t the Giants have beaten that offer and kept MadBum here, where he belongs? My policy is not to post anything on here when I’m angry. After letting the news marinate for 72 hours, here’s my measured opinion.
At age 20 I cried real tears when I heard the news that my idol, Willie Mays, had been traded to the Mets in May 1972! Six months before I had been outraged when Gaylord Perry was dealt to the Cleveland Indians. Six years before in 1966, at age 14, I had also cried over the trade of Orlando Cepeda to the Cardinals. The next few years would see two more of my childhood Giants idols, Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal, unceremoniously traded and sold in a massive salary dump by Giants owner Horace Stoneham in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to save his ownership.
All five of the San Francisco era Giants Hall of Famers were traded or sold! It was extremely painful for me to see these childhood idols of mine in a different uniform playing against my Giants. But, if I could see the likes of Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Cepeda and Perry in different uniforms, I can certainly survive seeing Bumgarner in a Diamondbacks uniform.
Undoubtedly, it will be excruciating to see MadBum on the mound pitching and blowing snot rockets against my Giants! Yet, despite my pain I will faithfully root for the Giants! I don’t understand these bandwagon fans who give up their tickets or claim they will cheer for Madison over our Giants. Not me! Just as I have for 62 years I will wholeheartedly cheer for my Giants. Let Madison beat the other teams, especially the Dodgers. I bleed Giants Orange and will always remain loyal to my Giants.
Farhan Zaidi is a smart dude and Giants Nation should be open-minded while he rebuilds our Giants. My faith in Farhan remains strong. It’s a different time with the revered Boch no longer presiding over our Giants from his dugout perch. No one misses Boch more than I do. Let us Giants fans be patient with Farhan, Rome wasn’t built in a day! I’ll be the first one to criticize, when the time is right.
I will never forget and be forever thankful for what Madison accomplished for my Giants! He played a key role in our first two championships and took the Giants on his Paul Bunyanesque back for the thrilling third championship in 2014! While doing those amazing things he etched his name in baseball history alongside Koufax and Ruth as one of the most dominant pitchers in the postseason. There were also his gargantuan home runs that awed us Giants fans. MadBum was THE Giants enforcer both on the mound and in the dugout. He epitomizes the term … FOREVER GIANTS!! Good luck MadBum!