What Had Happened Was: 9/20/16
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Well, it happened again. San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner got enraged at another player Monday night — “Don’t f—— look at me,” he actually said to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig — and one of those silly baseball “fights” ensued where both benches clear, chests are puffed out, curses are spit and no actual punches are thrown.
The thing is Bumgarner is really the root problem here, not Puig, as most fans will probably assume. Monday night in the seventh inning, Bumgarner got Puig to hit a weak ground ball to end the inning. Only when Puig jogged to first base, Bumgarner snapped and unleashed on the 25-year-old outfielder. Puig couldn’t understand why in the world Bumgarner was so upset.
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“I just ran, and he was looking in my direction,” Puig said through a translator, “and he asked why I was looking at him, and then I asked him why he was looking at me.”
“Every time I face him, it seems like we have those problems,” he added. “It seems to work out because we win.”
The Dodgers snatched Monday night’s game for a 2-1 victory, but Puig also said he didn’t know whether Bumgarner had something personal against him.
“I don’t know. Go ask him,” he said.
“I didn’t hear what was going on,” Bumgarner said. “I just got him out, and he tried to stare me down or something. That’s what it looked like to me.”
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This is at least the third time Bumgarner has gotten furious with Puig over some perceived transgression — usually including a shot at Puig’s ability to speak English — but let’s review the tape on Bumgarner, shall we. He does have a history of getting really upset with players of color over really silly nonsense. Check it out:
In April 2015, Bumgarner yelled “you’re not that f—— good” to Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero for no reason after getting him out.
In May 2015, he threw a fastball at then-Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez for yelling at himself after missing a pitch.
In August 2015, he shouted at Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields for flipping his bat after popping out in the infield, causing benches to empty.
In March 2016, he had a “misunderstanding” with Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward because he thought he was stealing signs — in a spring training game.
To be fair, Bumgarner has gotten incredibly upset over incredibly odd things with all kinds of people in baseball. But it is always, always personal.
Get that money, Giannis Antetokounmpo! The Milwaukee Bucks … guard? Center? Basically whatever the team needs him to be on a given play — he just cashed in with a four-year, $100 million extension. That’s a lot of cheddar for the big fella, and it’s certainly well-earned. Last season, the 21-year-old averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed on a four-year, $100M contract extension, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2016
On Monday, police footage was released of Tulsa, Oklahoma, resident Terence Crutcher being shot and killed by police in the middle of the road. The Tulsa police chief announced that Crutcher didn’t have a gun on him and there was no weapon found in his vehicle. Crutcher’s car was in the middle of the road because it had stalled. Police responded and told the 40-year-old man to put his hands above his head. He complied and was then told to walk toward his car, which he also did. Video shows what happened next.
Crutcher is unarmed and appearing to cooperate when he is shot. And the Tulsa officers make no effort to help him. https://t.co/guh581H3aQ
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 19, 2016
Malcolm Jenkins and other Eagles players followed through on their protest plans by holding up a fist during tonight's national anthem. pic.twitter.com/DKgviXjpJB
— ESPN (@espn) September 20, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Watch Florida A&M University’s band cover Kanye West’s Father Stretch My Hands.
Actor Donald Glover on why Atlanta has an all-black writing staff.
The Carolina Panthers hired GOP political consultant Frank Luntz to coach quarterback Cam Newton on how to talk about race.
ESPN’s first bilingual sports news show debuts Sept. 26 and will feature Los Angeles sports radio host Jorge Sedano, boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna and ESPN Desportes journalist Marly Rivera.
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