Have you ever wondered what kind of music is on Madison Bumgarner‘s iPod, or what kind of job he would have it he wasn’t playing baseball? Wonder no more… Below is my interview with Bumgarner at the San Francisco Giants Media Day prior to the 2012 season.
Getting To Know Madison Bumgarner
Steven: What kind of music is on your iPod?
Madison Bumgarner: There’s a little bit of everything. Probably mostly country though.
Steven: What about when you’re working out?
Madison Bumgarner: I don’t know, just depends what mood I’m in. It might be Rock, it might be Country. Just depends what mood I guess.
Steven: What’s your favorite baseball movie?
Madison Bumgarner: “For the Love of the Game” maybe, “Major League”. Any of those.
Steven: What is something you love to do other than playing baseball?
Madison Bumgarner: I’m more of an outdoors man. I grew up with horses, we got horses, cows. I like to hunt and fish. Just anything to get outside.
Steven: If you weren’t playing baseball, what profession would you be in?
Madison Bumgarner: Probably a construction worker or something, I don’t know (both laughing).
Steven: On an off day, where are fans likely to spot you?
Madison Bumgarner: At a restaurant somewhere, a steakhouse, or in my apartment.
Steven: Who was your favorite player as a kid growing up, and who do you think is the greatest player of all-time?
Madison Bumgarner: I grew up a Braves fan, so I liked all the guys on the Braves. I like Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux, Chipper, all those guys. I have no idea who the favorite player of all-time would be, I don’t know.
Steven: At what age did you realize that you could make a career out of playing baseball?
Madison Bumgarner: I guess when I was a sophomore in high school I realized I had a chance to get drafted. I guess my junior and senior year I started progressing a lot more, and had a chance to hopefully make it to the big leagues.
Steven: Is there any teams that you follow in any other sports?
Madison Bumgarner: No, not really cause you know like I said, when I’m at home, I’m outdoors a lot, so I don’t really watch a whole lot of TV.
Now On To The Baseball Questions
Steven: What has your typical offseason day been like?
Madison Bumgarner: Well offseason day I get up and feed all the animals we have. Then I’ll go and do my running, workout, throw and get ready. You know, everything that I got to do. There’s not a whole lot of time left in the day. Just whatever, relax and spend time with the family.
Steven: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Madison Bumgarner: No, I don’t. Just stretch and get ready. I don’t have any superstitions or anything.
Steven: Just get out there and play huh?
Madison Bumgarner: Yeah
Steven: Other than AT&T Park, what is your favorite stadium to play in and why?
Madison Bumgarner: I like Colorado pretty good. I like the city. I like the stadium, where it’s at. How it’s located. They get a pretty good fan base there most of the time too, so it’s fun to play there.
Steven: Which part of your game are you going to focus on while at Spring Training, and what drills do you think will help most?
Madison Bumgarner: Everything, I don’t know if I can single one thing out. Try to get everything better. Same as I always do. Try to make everything a little better.
Steven: What personal goals have you set for yourself this year?
Madison Bumgarner: I don’t really set any goals really. I just go out there and want to do the best to my ability. Try to just keep getting better. That’s pretty much it, just keep getting better. Try to keep us in the game every time I’m out there.
Steven: Where were you and how did you react when you got the news that you were coming to the show for the first time?
Madison Bumgarner: I was in Norwich Connecticut, and definitely shocked and surprised, little nervous. I got on the plane and called my wife and had her fly out here. It was such short notice, she was the only one that got to come. I’m thankful she got to come be here with me. It was definitely something that I would never forget.
Steven: Is there anything that you’d like to say to all the Giants fans out there?
Madison Bumgarner: Man, it’s awesome playing in this city, and playing for the Giants. We have one of the best fan bases that I’ve seen and been around. It’s definitely something special, special to be apart of. I just want to thank everybody for all of their support and everything.
Steven: Alright, thank you Madison. I appreciate you taking the time to do this with me.
Madison Bumgarner: Thank you, no problem.
~King of Cali (Steven)
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