Watch: Furious Pitcher Unleashes on Batter After Monster Home Run


Many baseball fans find nothing more annoying than the sport’s “unwritten rules,” like the one that says batters can’t admire a ball they hit the ball out of the park.

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Max Muncy “broke” that rule Sunday when he hit a towering blast off of San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park.

The ball sailed high over the right field wall and landed in McCovey Cove. It would be the only run the Dodgers needed as they won 1-0.

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Yes, Muncy watched the ball, and yes, he gave the bat a slight flip, but what he did was hardly being obnoxious or demonstrative. Yet Bumgarner flipped out, yelling at Muncy as he rounded the bases.

Munchy said Bumgarner told him, “You don’t watch the ball, you run.”

Muncy didn’t take Bumgarner’s advice in stride, as it were. He said he shot back with his own advice to Bumgarner.

“If you don’t want me to watch the ball, you can go get it out of the ocean,” Muncy said he told the pitcher.

“Honestly, I thought it was probably one of my tamer bat flips. I didn’t think it was anything outrageous. I just kind of took one or two steps out of the box and started jogging,” Muncy said after the game, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The home plate umpire had to come out and calm Bumgarner down. After the game, the pitcher expanded on why he was upset, according to

“I can’t even say it with a straight face. The more I think about it, I should just let the kids play,” he said, referring to an MLB promotional campaign. “That’s what everybody is saying, but I can’t.

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Was Bumgarner out of line in berating Muncy?

“He just struck a pose and walked further than I liked. That’s fine. If you want to do that, do it, but I’m going to do what I want to do.

“They want to let everybody be themselves. Let me be myself. That’s me. I’d just as sooner fight than walk or whatever. Just do your thing. I’ll do mine.”

Bumgarner took a lot of heat for his reaction on social media.

This angle shows how little Muncy actually “admired” the blast.

The Dodgers improved to 45-21, 18 games ahead of the last-place Giants, who fell to 26-38.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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