Top five Giants-Dodgers fights from the last decade
5. June 9, 2019
Bumgarner's last incident with the Dodgers came when Puig was a Red. This time it was Max Muncy who drew his ire after pimping a deep blast into McCovey Cove. Bumgarner followed Muncy down the line and encouraged him to pick up the pace. Muncy responded with his now infamous "go get it out of the ocean" line and later wore that on a t-shirt.
Bumgarner laughed it all off during a postgame interview, but made a good point when talking about the "Let the Kids Play" campaign MLB was running. He said the league needed to let him play, too, and that meant being fiery and old-school.
"They want to let everybody be themselves. Let me be myself," Bumgarner said. "That's me, you know?"
4. Sept. 23, 2014
This one really escalated things and is fascinating in retrospect because of the timing of it all. The Dodgers clinched the NL West a night later, but Bumgarner went on to drag the Giants to a third title.
This was the second time in four months that the two thought about tangling, but Bumgarner claimed there was no intent to the two-strike pitch, a cutter that drilled Puig on the foot.
"He'll know if it's on purpose," Bumgarner said. "I make sure of that. It wasn't, obviously."
Bumgarner, who later homered off Zack Greinke, said something to Puig because of his reaction to getting hit.
"He was sitting sitting there staring at me," Bumgarner said.
"I just reacted to what he said," Puig said.
And off they went. Vin Scully had the best line, of course.
"Both bullpens empty," he said. "That's a show of ... whatever."
3. May 9, 2014
When Puig homered off Bumgarner last season, the lefty hit him with an all-time postgame line. "He's a quick study," Bumgarner said. "It only took him seven years to learn how to hit that pitch."
Bumgarner would bust Puig in with fastballs and go soft away, but early on, it was the Dodger who had the success. Puig is just 11-for-54 off Bumgarner but six of those hits, including two of three homers, came in his first 20 at-bats. The second homer started the whole feud.
Puig hit a solo shot to center and flipped his bat. Bumgarner was waiting near the plate and the two had words. Afterward, Bumgarner deadpanned that he was just trying to congratulate Puig.
"I think he said, Thank you,'" Bumgarner said of the argument. "I'm not sure. I don't speak Spanish very well."
2. August 14, 2018
Nick Hundley was one of the last Giants you would expect to incite a brawl, but he took exception to Puig's reaction after he fouled off a pitch from Tony Watson. Hundley told Puig to get back in the box and the two had words, with Puig getting a couple of shoves in and later flying in from the scrum for an open-handed smack of Hundley's mask.
“He told me to stop complaining and get back in the box," Puig said. "When I got in his face, he told me to get out of his face, so that’s when I got upset with him."
This one ranks so highly because it truly was vicious. There wasn't a whole lot of "come at me, bro." The benches cleared and a couple players and coaches hit the ground as part of the scrum.
1. Sept. 19, 2016
From the shoving to the bullpens racing in to the questions that were still being asked the next day, this was the most intense one. The pushing around first base was magnified when Bumgarner was pulled after the inning at just 97 pitches and the Giants got walked off, blowing their 30th save of the season.
Nobody wanted to talk about the decision that night, but it was later revealed that there was a consensus Bumgarner had reached the end of the line due to seven innings on the mound plus one short near-fight.
This was the infamous "don't look at me" night. Bumgarner got Puig out on a slow roller and the two had a staredown. Within a couple seconds, both were being held back, and this is as close as they came to actually exchanging blows.
"There's a lot of history," Bruce Bochy said that night. "They've been going at it for a while. It doesn't surprise me anymore."