October 31, 2014

In the words of others

"[T]hat boy would try to steal a steak off the devil’s plate.”
- His Father

"What he did last night in the modern context of baseball – the way it’s played, the way they’re coddled, the way they (have a) five-man rotation...to do what he did in the modern era, it was extraordinary."
- Bob Ryan

"Now he belongs to history, alongside Christy Mathewson and Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Randy Johnson. The pantheon of World Series pitching greats must welcome a new member. Madison Bumgarner burst into the club with a performance for the ages in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday."
- Tyler Kepner, The New York Times

"These are just games, like any other games, and he’s good in these games because he’s good in all games, right? Nothing more than that? He doesn’t actually become some different pitcher with different skills and a different brain, does he?  Of course not. We know this. And yet as we watch inning after inning, our resolve weakens and we begin to think that maybe there is something that is, undeniably, very different.”
- Sam Miller, Baseball Prospectus

"I don’t know what it felt like watching Mathewson pitch, but watching Bumgarner is like feeling an expertly administered epidural nip in between a couple of vertebrae and deliver bliss: it’s a gliding, almost eventless slide through the innings, with accumulating fly-ball outs and low-count K’s marking the passing scenery. It’s twilight sleep; an Ambien catnap; an evening voyage on a Watteau barge. Bumgarner is composed out there, his expression mournful, almost apologetic, even while delivering his wide-wing, slinging stuff. Sorry, guys: this is how it goes. Over soon."
- Roger Angell, The New Yorker  (link)

"Best post season performance ever."
- Curt Schilling


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