Now that Madison Bumgarner’s secret double-life as a professional rodeo competitor is public knowledge, it seems inevitable that a minor league baseball team would rustle up a promotion surrounding it.
Right out of the gate, the San Jose Giants of the Class-A California League have announced “Mason Saunders Night” on June 5 to celebrate Bumgarner’s alter ego, complete with rodeo-themed promotions and free tickets to all attendees who wear a Bumgarner jersey or rodeo outfit.
Bumgarner pitched for San Jose as a 19-year-old in 2009 and had rehab starts with them in 2017 and 2018.
“This ain’t our first rodeo,” said Matt Alongi, the team’s vice president of marketing. “We need to ensure that Madison isn’t just remembered for what he did at the baseball box, but additionally rejoice his distinctive accomplishments within the rodeo enviornment.”
After 11 seasons — and 3 International Sequence titles — as a member of the San Francisco Giants, Bumgarner signed this offseason as a loose agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.