Arizona Diamondbacks

A fictitious look at Opening Day for Diamondbacks, Madison Bumgarner

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws prior to the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Scottsdale Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Bumgarner was the second-best story in Major League Baseball on Thursday, behind the Astros’ home opener in Houston, following a tumultuous offseason full of venom and collateral damage.

Bumgarner is a World Series hero and a three-time champion; he helps save rabbits stuck inside dead rattlesnakes; he risked free agency and an $85 million contract he signed to play baseball in Arizona to lasso $26,000 in a rodeo tournament.

Bumgarner’s performance was just what Arizona needed, even if it will rank second on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” behind the raucous, delusional show of appreciation Houston fans bestowed upon their filthy Astros.

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He chronicled Michael Jordan’s six NBA championships; covered the Olympics in eight different countries and attended 14 Super Bowls; spent three weeks in an Indianapolis courthouse writing about Mike Tyson’s rape trial; and once left his laptop in an Edmonton bar after the Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup Finals.

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