From his home in the Appalachian foothills, Kevin Bumgarner, the father of Madison Bumgarner, the World Series M.V.P., sent his son a text after watching him lead San Francisco to the title.
After Alex Gordon’s two-out single in the ninth skipped by the Giants’ outfielders, anything seemed possible. But the Royals’ third-base coach did not let such a big moment cloud his judgment.
The pantheon of World Series pitching greats welcomed a new member to its club as Bumgarner gave a performance for the ages in Game 7.
The Game 7 scorers credited Madison Bumgarner with the win, then gave it to reliever Jeremy Affeldt instead, after a close reading of Rule 10.17.
A recalibration of the Matty Scores to take unearned runs into account makes Madison Bumgarner’s performance look even more remarkable.