To be truthful I was cheering for the Royals and I'm kind of bummed out that they didn't win the World Series. With that said, the performance that I witnessed by Madison Bumgarner was one of the most incredible performances I've ever seen.
Madison Bumgarner an Abundance of Energy and Power
Madison pitched briefly in last night's loss to the Royals and that came after a game five victory on Sunday.
How did Bumgarner do it? How could he pitch so many innings with basically no days rest. I don't have an answer to those questions. Wow is all I can say. You'd think that Madison would run out of gas but he seemed to get stronger with every pitch.
The Royals gave their fans some hope in the ninth inning with two outs when Alex Gordon singled to center and then got to third base on an error. I thought that the Royals would do it again. All postseason the Royals defied the odds by winning game after game, even when it seemed unlikely that they could win the game.
It didn't happen in game seven. I know I'm going to sound like a broken record but the guy threw 68 pitches and 50 of them were strikes. That's after pitching nine innings in game 5. The guy is incredible and this pitching performance during this World series was truly amazing.
On Wednesday it wasn't to be. Madison Bumgarner was too good. He really was unbeatable.
Kudos to both teams for an amazing MLB playoffs. Both the Giants and the Royals provided baseball fans with lots of exciting games and moments. The Royals can hold their heads high. They had a great 2014 playoffs and took the final series down to the wire.
I'm not sure that the Royals could have done anything differently. It was Bumgarner's night and series. Madison won three games and game seven as the best of all. The guy is a pitcher's equivalent to the energizer bunny.
MVP Goes to...
Madison Bumgarner won more than just the World Series. He won the Most Valuable Player award. I couldn't think of any other player who was as deserving as Bumgarner.
Will we ever see anything like Bumgarner's MVP performance again? I'm not sure but every year we see a player and a team do amazing things. So I believe we will see other great moments that provide us with as much as excitement.
Will we see a pitching performance like we saw in the three games that Bumgarner pitched? Once again I don't know but Bumgarner's MVP preference will be tough to beat.
Congrats to the San Francisco Giants for winning the 2014 World Series. It was their third World Series in five seasons.