Madison Bumgarner was pretending to be rodeo star 'Mason Saunders'

Karl Buscheck
February 24, 2020 - 4:42 pm

Photo credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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In what can only be described as the most Bumgarnerian twist, it turns out that Madison Bumgarner is a secret rodeo star.

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A major tip of the metaphorical ten-gallon hat to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan for uncovering this gem.

A Dec. 3 post on Rancho Rio’s Facebook page blew the cover of one Mason Saunders, aka Bumgarner.

A major tip of the metaphorical ten-gallon hat to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan for uncovering this gem.

A Dec. 3 post on Rancho Rio’s Facebook page blew the cover of one Mason Saunders, aka Bumgarner.

Listen to your team news NOW.

“The 2014 World Series MVP was photographed with roping professional Jaxson Tucker, and both ultimately ended up walking away with a total of $26,5550 in prize money.”

“Oh boy,” Bumgarner exclaimed when presented with the photo. “This is ruining my alias.”

Oh boy, indeed.

The picture was taken about two weeks before Bumgarner inked a five-year, $85-million pact with the Diamondbacks. Club general manager Mike Hazen told azcentral.com that he doesn’t believe MadBum has competed since joining his team, but…

“I don’t have a comment on what guys would have done prior to being an Arizona Diamondback.”

Bumgarner’s old manager, Bruce Bochy, had the perfect response to the revelation of Mr. Saunders’ off-field pursuits:

Bruce Bochy said he knew Madison Bumgarner was roping in his spare time but didn’t know he had been competing. “This is the first I’ve heard of Mr. Saunders,” he said, laughing. “I’ve got to think that’s the end of him being on the rodeo circuit.”

— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 24, 2020

While the sanctimonious will upbraid Bumgarner for his (admittedly) reckless behavior, it's so much more fun to focus on just how magical the story of Mr. Saunders is.

This ain’t our first rodeo!Saddle up and join us Friday, June 5 as we celebrate #SJGiants alum, Madison Bumgarner, and his rodeo alias Mason Saunders...complete with a shirsey giveaway, roping promotions and special Turkey Mike’s BBQ menu items. ⚾️--https://t.co/XWE9DdgDt1 pic.twitter.com/rdXUXgatfL

— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) February 25, 2020

The San Jose Giants get it.

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