Reunited … but it didn’t appear to feel so good -- at least for Madison Bumgarner.
MadBum struck out looking against his former Giants teammate Sergio Romo on a fastball on the outside corner when the Arizona Diamondbacks faced the A’s on Tuesday in spring training.
Bumgarner wasn’t too happy about it and it appeared he didn’t agree with the call.
Still, Bumgarner had a smile on his face the entire at-bat.
"I've never seen Bumgarner smile before on a baseball field," A's manager Bob Melvin said after the game. "So that's the first time ever, and he had a smile on his face basically the entire at-bat, so that was pretty cool."
Romo and Bumgarner both were part of the Giants’ three World Series wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014 so obviously, they are more than familiar with one another. The two have combined to play 20 seasons with San Francisco across their careers.
Bumgarner, of course, made his presence known as a dominant pitcher who became untouchable for the Giants in October, but fans also love to see him hit.
Aug. 8, 2019, he became the first starting pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to have a hit and two-plus walks at the plate all while allowing one hit or fewer on the mound during a game.
He also has 19 career home runs, so the guy can rake if needed.
Romo signed a one-year deal with the A’s this offseason, adding more versatility to the bullpen and a slider he throws more than any of his other pitches. He’s also proving to be a leader on the team, assisting Chris Bassitt and Daulton Jefferies in perfecting that pitch as part of their arsenal.
Romo also has been living in San Francisco since 2012 in the offseason, despite being on different teams since then.
You gotta love a good reunion from two veteran guys, even if one of them strikes out in the process.