Madison Bumgarner looked different on Thursday. He also looked the same.
For the first time in his major league career, Bumgarner wasn’t wearing a Giants jersey on the mound, instead donning his new maroon Diamondbacks threads in his brief spring training debut vs. the Reds. He also didn’t come out to the iconic “Fire on the Mountain,” instead switching things up with “Good Times Roll” by GRIZ & Big Gigantic as his warmup song, cutting another tie to the Giants era.
As far as performance, however, he looked a lot like the Madison Bumgarner that pitched for the Giants last season. There was the good: striking out four of the seven batters he faced, and seeing 17 of his 24 pitches fall in the strike zone. He also hit 92 MPH on the radar gun twice. There was also the not so good: A solo home run given up to Reds slugger Derek Dietrich.
There was also some entertainment after the game during Bumgarner’s media session, where the pitcher was peppered with questions about his no-longer-secret rodeo career which the pitcher refused to acknowledge. This led to a funny exchange according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Bumgarner was asked six different ways about rodeo. His answer each time. “I felt good out there today. Until a TV guy asked about it and he said, “Are you not gathering ….?” #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 27, 2020