In case you've been living under a rock, Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig don't really like each other.
Their rivalry developed over the last six seasons while Puig was a member of the Dodgers.
But if you thought their feud would cool down with Puig now on the Cincinnati Reds, you were mistaken.
Exhibit A: Sunday afternoon at Oracle Park.
In the top of the sixth inning, Puig hit a 91 mph fastball from Bumgarner 388 feet for a solo home run.
Puig has never faced a pitcher more than he has Bumgarner. In 46 career at-bats against the Giants ace entering Sunday, Puig had just two home runs. Now he has three.
After the Giants' comeback 6-5 win over the Reds, Bumgarner was asked about Puig's latest home run.
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Puig got the first laugh on Sunday, but Bumgarner got the last.
With Sunday's game being the final time the Giants and Reds will meet during the regular season, we won't get to see the two players face each other again in 2019 ... unless the Giants trade Bumgarner in July.
Well, Bryce Harper will not be on the Giants in 2019, or for quite a while after 2019.
So it's time for the Orange and Black to say "Thank u, next."
Luckily, the free agency market should heat up once again following this season and it will be chock-full of talented players. Some Giants fans may not be too thrilled with the options that will be presented, but try to have an open mind about it.
And with the possibility of new rules being implemented by Major League Baseball (universal DH?), it can create even more opportunities.
VIEW THE LIST OF PLAYERS HERE that the Giants should take a chance on in the next season or two.
If you took a poll of Giants fans, most would say they are thrilled the Dodgers traded right fielder Yasiel Puig.
But Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper wouldn't agree.
"In some ways, I’m disappointed Puig is out of the division because we did like the drama, the Bumgarner-Puig stuff," Kuiper said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "It’s just only natural to dislike, in a sports sense, players and teams and it builds and it kind of grinds the rivalry into what we like and now that’s gone."
Kuip does have a point. Fewer chances for kerfuffles between Bumgarner and Puig is a loss for all fans. But removing Puig's energy and swagger from the Dodgers should help the Giants.
The Dodgers traded Puig to Cincinnati as part of mega deal on Dec. 21. Los Angeles also sent outfielder Matt Kemp, starting pitcher Alex Wood and infielder Kyle Farmer to the Reds. The Dodgers acquired starting pitcher Homer Bailey and prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. LA later released Bailey as part of the deal.
Kuip is looking forward to seeing Puig come to AT&T Park as a member of the Reds, and he won't have to wait long. After the Giants go to Cincinnati for a four-game series May 3-6, the Reds come to San Francisco a few days later for a three-game series May 10-12.
"It’ll be interesting when he comes in for three days with the Reds," Kuip said.