There’s never been any love between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Madison Bumgarner. There was none gained on Thursday, either. Instead, the Dodgers ramped up their trolling efforts in what could prove to be a final sendoff.
In other words, the Dodgers had plenty of motivation to send a message.
They did not disappoint, relentlessly firing digs before Bumgarner was chased in the fourth inning of the Dodgers 9-8 win by an equally relentless offense.
Max Muncy squabble takes center stage
Bumgarner latest beef with the Dodgers stemmed from the home run he allowed to Max Muncy in San Francisco 11 days ago.
Bumgarner is well known as one of baseball’s utmost respecters of the unwritten rules. When Bumgarner felt Muncy admired the blast into McCovey Cove a little too long, he shouted his disapproval.
That prompted Muncy to respond and accidentally coin the phrase “Go get it out of the ocean.“
On Friday, the Dodgers arrived to the ballpark sporting shirts with that very same phrase. On Thursday, they let the Dodger Stadium crew do the heavy lifting.
Here’s the first subtle jab under Max Muncy’s scoreboard profile.
Then the organist got involved as well.
Dodgers organist playlist during the Bumgarner-Muncy at-bat in the first inning: "Under the Sea" (from "The Little Mermaid") followed by "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and "Smoke on the Water." The latter of which was not a tribute to Robb Nen, I think.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) June 21, 2019
Those are not subtle jabs. Those are overhand rights.
Bumgarner didn’t appear to be bothered, but the organist carried on.
Organist just hit Bumgarner with Zombie by the Cranberries.
🎼”In your heaaaaaad”
— Loose Moose (@LooseMoose6) June 21, 2019
In the opinion of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, the Dodgers have been poking a bear with their recent taunts directed at Bumgarner.
He says that’s not a wise idea.
‘You can’t be upset if he fights back’
These were Bochy’s words before the game.
Bruce Bochy asked about Max Muncy wearing his “go get it out of the ocean” T-shirt during BP: “That’s poking the bear. If you poke the bear enough, you can’t be upset if he fights back.” Stay tuned. #sfgiants #dodgers
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) June 21, 2019
The game started with Bumgarner hitting Enrique Hernandez with a pitch. It didn’t appear to be intentional, but only Bumgarner knows for sure.
Hernandez made him pay for it regardless, stealing two bases before scoring on Muncy’s single.
Though Bumgarner settled in for awhile, it’s the Dodgers who did most of the fighting with their bats. Home runs from Kyle Garlick and Austin Barnes knocked Bumgarner from the game in the fourth inning, ultimately sending him out of LA with a loss.
But not before the Dodgers got in one more dig.
Muncy is up with the bases loaded. Dodgers video board shows Lou Seal surrounded by sharks pic.twitter.com/8RLxkuJMoO
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) June 21, 2019
Regardless of what happens next, Bumgarner won’t soon forget this trip to Los Angeles.
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