Jeremy Affeldt

Dodgers' antics with Madison Bumgarner 'minor league,' Jeremy Affeldt says

Dodgers' antics with Madison Bumgarner 'minor league,' Jeremy Affeldt says

Max Muncy vs. Madison Bumgarner quickly turned into the Dodgers vs. MadBum.

Following the dustup between the Giants ace and the Dodgers slugger at Oracle Park on June 9, Muncy trolled Bumgarner in a postgame interview where he revealed he told Bumgarner to "go get it out of the ocean," in reference to the home run he had cranked.

Less than two weeks later, Muncy wore a "Go Get It Out Of The Ocean" t-shirt during batting practice prior to the Dodgers' matchup with Bumgarner at Dodger Stadium. LA tried to troll and poke fun at Bumgarner throughout the game, playing "Under The Sea" during the first inning amongst other things.

Former Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt, for one, wasn't a fan of the Dodgers' ridiculous antics.

"The Dodgers, they always do stuff like that, they wear their stupid t-shirts or whatever; they make stuff up,” Affeldt said Friday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac."

“It’s easy to wear those shirts when you have 51 wins … and teams do have fun that way,” Affeldt said. “Basically, it was a stupid comment that made no sense. So, now you’re wearing a stupid shirt that makes no sense about a stupid comment. You’re not showing your intelligence there really, but I understand what they’re doing.

“It’s not just that, it’s the shirt thing and then all of a sudden it’s the first inning, Bum’s coming out and they play 'The Little Mermaid' song. And then bases loaded, and they show Lou Seal around sharks in the Bay. You see all these things that they do, and for me, it’s just so minor league when they do that stuff. It’s just not what you do at a big league level.

"But then all of a sudden, if he hits you in the back, and there’s a huge fight that breaks out, you can’t sit there and say ‘well, we didn’t do anything’. No, you egged it on. You egged it on with your shirt. You egged it on without music. If you're going to egg it on, and then it happens, don't be mad that it does happen and then your player gets hurt."

Bumgarner, in what might have been his last start in the rivalry, didn't have a good night at Dodger Stadium. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings giving up six runs in a 9-8 Giants loss.

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The 29-year-old's time in San Francisco likely is coming to an end, but don't think he'll forget about this should he face Muncy and the Dodgers in the future with his next team. 

Why former Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is so against using an opener

Why former Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is so against using an opener

In four of his first five MLB seasons, former Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt was used both out of the bullpen and as a starting pitcher. 

He never started a game for the Giants after joining them in 2009, however, and his last start came all the way back in 2006. The way he sees it, a pitcher is either a starter or reliever, and don't even try to say the word "opener" around him. 

"That's not how you play the game," Affeldt said Thursday on KNBR when asked about the Giants' usage of an opener.

Affeldt considers himself a "traditionalist" when it comes to baseball. His next point about the usage of the opener was one that hasn't been thrown around too often, though. 

"Now how am I gonna do a contract? I'm gonna sign as a reliever and I'm gonna sign for $5 million a year. What if I'm a free agent and all of the sudden now I have to do some openers?" Affeldt said. "Now I'm not getting any holds. Everyone's gonna say why's it all about the money? Well I'm sorry, but it is, especially if I'm a free agent because it's all about the money when it comes to the owners, too. 

"Is there a new contract for an opener?" 

The more the opener becomes a regular occurrence in baseball, the more these questions will be brought up. Free agency was a mess this past offseason and the wrinkle could be a tricky one for both sides. 

Giants manager Bruce Bochy used reliever Nick Vincent as an opener on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, and the first attempt didn't quite work. He allowed three runs in a 7-1 loss as the team's issues in the first inning only continued.

[RELATED: A running diary of Giants' failed first opener experiment]

"You're messing with everybody's thought process. ... The opener is not the answer," Affeldt said. "I'm sorry, that's not how the game is played."

Affeldt joins a long list of former players who are against the opener as they unleash their war on analytics. But Bochy and the Giants following Einstein's rule of insanity while in last place and handing over a lead nearly every game in the first inning probably isn't the best idea either.

Barry Bonds, former players react to Giants' Peter Magowan's passing


Barry Bonds, former players react to Giants' Peter Magowan's passing

Peter Magowan didn't wait long to make an impact after his ownership group purchased the Giants in 1992. 

Before the purchase was complete, the Giants signed Bay Area native Barry Bonds to a record-breaking six-year contract. Bonds, whose father was former Giant Bobby Bonds, was widely considered one of the best players in baseball and his signing brought instant credibility to the new ownership group.

Magowan passed away on Sunday, and Bonds paid tribute to the man who helped bring the eventual home-run king to San Francisco.

Bonds' godfather, Giants legend Willie Mays, was Magowan's favorite player growing up in New York. The two became close when Magowan took the reigns of his childhood team, and Mays said in a statement that he lost "a great, great friend."

"Peter Magowan has been a part of my life for a long, long time, first as a fan watching me play in New York, and then, remaining a fan when we moved to San Francisco," Mays said. "Along the way, he became my friend. Peter would call me often to check in. He and Debby cared about me, and it was so easy to care about them in return. It's hard to find the right words just now, but in losing Peter, I've lost a great, great friend. He was like my godfather. No one can replace him."

A host of other current and former Giants also shared their respects.

Lynn Crawford, mother of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, said in an Instagram post that Magowan keeping the Giants in San Francisco helped make her "son's dream a reality."

The Giants are set to honor Magowan in their Wall of Fame on Feb. 9.