Dodgers infielder Max Muncy took Madison Bumgarner deep into McCovey Cove Sunday, hitting the ball so far he thought to stand there and watch it go.
Bumgarner, definitely cut from the 'old school' cloth of players who believe the only way to respect the game is by dropping the bat and running the bases, shouted at Muncy to do exactly that.
And just like that, Bumgarner and Muncy reignited the ongoing old school vs. new school argument that's ripped through the sport for the past decade.
"I like that flair. I like the energy that guys play with," he said. "Even in that case the other day, I didn't think that what Muncy did was at all egregious. It's pretty much his standard reaction to every home run that he's hit over the last two seasons. And also, I don't know if you saw where that ball went, but that landed in Oakland. That almost crossed the bay. He could have watched it for a lot longer."
"I was going to say, 'The more I think about it, just let the kids play,'" Bumgarner said, quoting the MLB promotional campaign. "That's what everybody's saying. But... I can't."
"Like you're not disrespecting the game. Like you love the game and you're enjoying playing it. I think it's weird that, especially in this particular situation too, there's only one year age difference between Bumgarner and Muncy."
Bumgarner, at 29 years of age, is the elder to Muncy, who's 28.
"But you're right," Doolittle continued. "Maybe it's more of like a philosophy about how to approach the game."