Madison Bumgarner chugs four cans of beer at once after Giants win wild card

There’s no one way to celebrate, but if there were: This is how you do it.

 Left-hander Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants might like pro wrestling, because he looked an awful lot like one of the better grapplers of our time after dominating the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Bumgarner tossed a four-hitter, striking out 10 in an 8-0 victory in the National League wild-card game, sending the Giants to the next round against the Washington Nationals. But first: Celebrate with alcoholic beverages. Bumgarner has four cans in total: two Budweisers and two Bud Lights. Hey, MadBum? Got any I.C. Light in there?

 


 

Sean Gentile of the Sporting News got the shot and captioned a moment that is reminiscent of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a Hollywood actor but also a former WWE champ who was known to crack open a brew or two — or four — and guzzle them down all at once:

 

After leading the Giants to a romp in the win-or-go-home round, the NL Division Series beckons. If the Giants can get past the Nats, what can Bumgarner do to top guzzling four beers at once? A six-pack? Kegger? Will he juggle and chuggle two Coors Light Party Balls? Not even Stone Cold dared to do that much in his day as a pro athlete/drinker.

And that’s the bottom line, because MadBum said so.

Bumgarner warms up in the beer garden with two bottles before getting serious with four cans. (AP)

 

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Danny Welbeck scores hat trick, immediately gets compared to Thierry Henry

Danny Welbeck scored the first hat trick of his senior career against a team that completely forgot that defending is something you’re allowed to do in the Champions League. Naturally, because the world is insane, this prompted comparisons to Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer, Thierry Henry.


You can almost hear Henry asking “Are you actually comparing him to me ALREADY?!?!” in that picture. But it wasn’t just the crackpots at fringe media outlet “The BBC” saying this. Everyone’s favorite pundit, Gary Neville, thinks Welbeck “could emulate Henry.” Even Arsene Wenger — the man who has coached both Henry and Welbeck (coming up on a whole month now!) — decided to contribute to the wildly inflated hype of a player who was roundly mocked as a striker incapable of scoring just a few weeks ago.


But when everything seems a bit sideways, you can always count on history to keep things in perspective. Before Welbeck, Arsenal had two players score hat tricks in the Champions League: The legendary Thierry Henry and drunken punchline Nicklas Bendtner.


So Welbeck’s performance against Galatasaray means he will either be the next greatest striker in Arsenal’s history, a bumbling failure whose pants fall down as he leaves nightclubs, or something in between those two polar opposites. Clearly that was £16 million well/terribly/adequately spent.

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The Royals puppy woman wasn’t around during team’s wild comeback

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – During Tuesday night’s wild card game between the A’s and Royals, the TBS camera briefly focused on a Royals fan who was holding a sign with an interesting proposition.

If the Royals won the game, the man she was with would buy her a real, live puppy.

The offer quickly went viral on the Internet and the puppy was often mentioned during a classic game that the Royals would end up winning 9-8 in 12 innings.  


While the Royals were leading by a run at the time she was on camera, the Royals soon gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and trailed the game 7-3. The woman’s hopes for a puppy were looking bleak. 

But the Royals stormed back to tie the game at at 7-7 with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and a run in the bottom of the ninth. After the game went into extra innings, we went to go look for the woman to see how she was dealing with the roller coaster ride at Kauffman Stadium. (We also wanted to tell her “adopt, don’t shop” but that’s another topic for another blog post.)

Based off the concrete pillar in the picture and the dark sky in the background, we reasoned that she was in the left field area. Sure enough, we showed her picture to fans in section 208. Upon seeing the picture, the fans in the front rows immediately recognized her and turned and looked three rows back and pointed to … an empty bank of seats.

She had been sitting behind them but was now gone.

While we understand the four-run deficit the Royals faced might have seemed insurmountable, who would leave a playoff game early that can still be tied with a home run? And how do you do it with a potential Corgi puppy on the line?

The Royals hadn’t been in the playoffs for 29 years and there’s a pet hanging in the balance. You can’t just get up and bail unless you’re moving to standing room only sections for some reason or have something like a medical emergency.

So we have no idea if the woman was around to see Salvador Perez win both the game for the Royals  and a puppy for her home with a hit down the left field line.

Even still, we hope she gets the puppy and gives it a good name. Salvy has a nice ring to it. 

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AL wild card: Royals edge A’s in 12 innings on Salvador Perez’s walk-off

The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics put the wild in wild card Tuesday night. At the end, Kansas City was going crazy once again, celebrating like they haven’t in 29 years. The Royals won a five-hour, 12-inning game on Salvador Perez’s walk-off single that went down the third-base line, just under the glove of A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson.

The A’s blew it three times — including a 7-3 lead in the eighth and ninth innings, and a 8-7 lead in the 12th. The Royals scored twice in the 12th to overthrow the A’s and win 9-8. Now Kansas City will face the Angels in the ALDS, giving more life to their first playoff berth in 29 years.

• Salvador Perez found sweet redemption in the 12th. He was 0-5 in the game before that, including a crucial strikeout in the eighth inning that stopped a Royals rally.

• Eric Hosmer’s 12th inning triple — just out of the reach of two Oakland outfielders — got the Royals going in the final inning. He eventually scored the tying run and finished the night with three hits.

• The Royals runners. We’d heard a lot about K.C.’s speed heading into the wild-card game, and it lived up to the hype. They stole seven bases, including three in their three-run, eighth-inning rally. Another swiped base helped them tie the game in the ninth.

• Brandon Finnegan, a Royals rookie relief pitcher, was making just his eighth MLB appearance and he did well on the big stage. Finnegan was drafted by the Royals in June and quickly advanced to the big leagues. The Royals gave him the ball in the 10th inning and he came out firing. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, striking out three batters while allowing just one hit and issuing one walk. The one walk turned into an Oakland run, but it was still a nice outing for a guy who was pitching in college a few months earlier.

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• Brandon Moss, the All-Star A’s slugger who slumped massively in the second half, was a one-man wrecking crew. He slugged two homers and knocked in five runs,. His first-inning blast put the A’s up 2-0 and his sixth-inning three-run homer reclaimed the lead for Oakland. He hit two homers in August and September combined, so to rebound with two in a do-or-die game was huge.

• Alberto Callaspo, who came off the bench for the A’s in the 12th inning and delivered a go-ahead RBI single to put Oakland ahead 8-7. He had three hits in 12 at-bats this season as a pinch-hitter, but none bigger than this one.

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• Despite the win, Royals manager Ned Yost will be second-guessed for a while after one of his moves, maybe even 29 years. He took out starter James Shields in the sixth inning with two runners on and Moss and Josh Reddick coming up to bat. Yost chose to bring in rookie fireballer Yordano Ventura, who promptly gave up the three-run homer to Moss. Ventura was put in a tough situation for the first postseason appearance of his young career, and he did not rise to the occasion. At the very least, Yost could have picked a different reliever. The Royals’ comeback will quiet a bit of the “Fire Ned Yost” talk, but you can bet some fans will never forgive him.
• Late-inning Oakland pitching. Put this in the “you had one job” category. The A’s were up 7-3, going into the bottom of the eighth. Lester got tagged for three runs, then setup man Luke Gregerson came in and had a rough time, but eventually got the A’s out of the inning with a 7-6 lead. Closer Sean Doolittle, usually a good bet for Oakland, gave up the tying run in the ninth. Not great for a team that was supposed to have one of the best bullpens in baseball.

Jarrod Dyson’s steal of third base in the ninth inning — a gutsy call by the Royals that paid off. He was safe and allowed Nori Aoki to tie the game in the ninth with a long sac fly to right field.

The Royals overcoming Moss’ five RBIs puts them in rare company historically:


Obviously, teams are now 62-2.

• The collapse of the A’s. It mirrored their season, actually. They looked like they had the game locked down, then let it slip away when it mattered most. This one won’t be easy to get over.

• The Royals speed. Moving forward, opponents will be game-planning for the Royals’ runners.

• Playoff baseball. It’s back. It’s tense. It’s a thrill to watch. No matter which team you were rooting for, Tuesday’s game was one heck of a ride. Will other postseason games top this? Dunno, but we can’t wait to find out.

The Royals advance to play the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS. Game 1 is Thursday in Anaheim. First pitch is 9:07 p.m. ET. The Angels send Jered Weaver (18-9, 3.59 ERA) to the mound.

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Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Dallas Cowboys, please rise

Let’s be serious for a moment here. And I have to kick the really over-the-top crazy Dallas Cowboys fans out of the room now so we can have a real conversation.

OK, good. Now … what in the heck is going on in Dallas?

Look, you didn’t see this coming, I didn’t see this coming, nobody did. But now there’s no getting around it: The Dallas Cowboys look good. They look great. Had Tony Romo not made some big Week 1 mistakes against the 49ers, they might be 4-0 with some quality wins. I just don’t know how we got here.

The Cowboys didn’t add much in the offseason, and the defense lost Jason Hatcher, DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee. Romo was coming off back surgery. They’ve been the epitome of mediocre for years. All of a sudden, they’re good. Logically, it makes little sense.

Sunday night’s dominant win over the Saints was their statement that they’re for real. Now, “for real” comes and goes in the NFL in 2014 as quickly as Jon Gruden compliments a mundane play on “Monday Night Football.” Teams look great one week and incompetent seven days later. Nothing is permanent. But right now, the Cowboys deserve a huge bump up the rankings. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would be my coach of the year vote at this point. He has been that good. The Cowboys’ offense have reinvented itself by building around DeMarco Murray and a great run-blocking offensive line. They deserve all the credit you can give them.

I guess that’s the beauty of the NFL. Things that are completely unforeseen can actually happen. We’re seeing it in Dallas.

Here are the post-Week 4 power rankings:

32. Oakland Raiders (0-4, LW: 31)
Head coach Dennis Allen got fired, and general manager Reggie McKenzie can’t be far behind. Remember, they have the oldest roster in the NFL. Bad, bad, bad.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4, LW: 30)
No one player is going to totally turn this team around, not even a huge upgrade at quarterback. They’re just not good at all. But they’re also very young and you’d assume they’ll improve as this season goes on.

30. Washington Redskins (1-3, LW: 28)
Or maybe I was right to be skeptical of Kirk Cousins.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3, LW: 23)
How in the world did they look so good at Kansas City in Week 1? That’s the weirdest result of the NFL season so far, right?

(AP)28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3, LW: 32)
Please tell me Lovie Smith is just trolling everyone by saying he doesn’t know if Mike Glennon will continue at quarterback. That has got to be a joke. Please say it’s a joke.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-2, LW: 27)
Listen to this upcoming stretch: at Philadelphia, vs. San Francisco, vs. Seattle, at Kansas City, at San Francisco, at Arizona, vs. Denver, at San Diego. Oh, boy.

26. New York Jets (1-3, LW: 19)
Remember folks: The Michael Vick you’d be getting bears no resemblance to the Michael Vick you fondly remember. That Vick hasn’t been around for a while.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2, LW: 24)
A game at Tennessee this week is a must win if we’re to take them seriously.

24. Buffalo Bills (2-2, LW: 18)
I don’t agree with benching EJ Manuel. If it’s close (and while Manuel hasn’t been good, we all know Kyle Orton won’t be good either), then you go with the young guy and hope he improves. There’s no upside with Orton, now or later.

23. New York Giants (2-2, LW: 29)
I guess they’re good again? I don’t know, but something has dramatically changed in the last two weeks.

22. Minnesota Vikings (2-2, LW: 26)
Imagine how good they’ll be when they remember it’s legal to call plays specifically to get Cordarrelle Patterson the ball.

21. Houston Texans (3-1, LW: 22)
J.J. Watt is your NFL MVP at the quarter pole. He’ll never win because there’s a rule the MVP has to be a quarterback or running back, but he’s the best player in the game right now.

20. Atlanta Falcons (2-2, LW: 15)
Not sure how a team can play that well at home and that poorly on the road.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2, LW: 17)
There’s no more up-and-down team in the NFL this season. That probably doesn’t reflect well on Mike Tomlin.

18. Miami Dolphins (2-2, LW: 21)
It’ll be interesting to see if Ryan Tannehill and Joe Philbin can co-exist going forward. Not sure how Tannehill can trust him again.

17. New Orleans Saints (1-3, LW: 9)
If the Saints were 1-3 because the defense regressed significantly, it wouldn’t surprise me. It does surprise me that the offense has looked pretty average.

16. Carolina Panthers (2-2, LW: 8)
No healthy running backs, a bad offensive line and a beat up Cam Newton is not a good formula for them moving the ball.

(AP)15. New England Patriots (2-2, LW: 4)
I hate to overreact to small sample sizes, but you can’t help but wonder if the loss at Kansas City was the sign that the Patriots dynasty is over. It was that bad. Tom Brady just looks like a different player than we’re used to seeing. I just didn’t believe it could be happening that fast.

14. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2, LW: 25)
Totally dominant on Monday night. Again, what the heck happened in that Week 1 loss to Tennessee?

13. San Francisco 49ers (2-2, LW: 14)
They needed that win badly, but they still didn’t look very good. They still look uncharacteristically sloppy.

12. Chicago Bears (2-2, LW: 13)
Players don’t change after eight seasons. There was no reason to believe Jay Cutler’s ninth season would be any different, other than he’s collecting a bigger paycheck.

11. Baltimore Ravens (3-1, LW: 16)
Steve Smith, wow. Carolina did have good reason to think he didn’t have this in him anymore. But Smith’s resurgence sure makes the Panthers look stupid.

10. Dallas Cowboys (3-1, LW: 20)
On second thought, never mind about Marinelli for coach of the year. With the job he’s doing, let’s do Marinelli for President.

9. Detroit Lions (3-1, LW: 12)
Sunday’s win showed they might be handling success a little better. Maybe they’ve finally matured.

(Getty Images)8. Green Bay Packers (2-2, LW: 10)
Still skeptical about the defense, but if Aaron Rodgers plays like he does on Sunday the Packers can beat anyone. That was one impressive performance at Chicago.

7. Indianapolis Colts (2-2, LW: 7)
Reggie Wayne went for seven catches, 119 yards and a touchdown last week. Can’t say I was sure he was going to rebound like this after ACL surgery.

6. San Diego Chargers (3-1, LW: 11)
I’m giving them a decent bump because I’m correcting a mistake. They should have been higher earlier. This is a really good team with a really good coach.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1, LW: 5)
It’s tough to function as usual when the offensive line is missing as many good players as they are.

4. Arizona Cardinals (3-0, LW: 6)
Will be interesting if Todd Bowles’ super-aggressive defensive approach works against blitzmaster Peyton Manning.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0, LW: 3)
Cincinnati at New England in Week 5 is quite an interesting game for both teams.

2. Denver Broncos (2-1, LW: 2)
At some point Demaryius Thomas will break out of this slump. They’re doing fine despite it.

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1, LW: 1)
Not sure I like Kirk Cousins’ chances next week against this defense coming off a bye.

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