Madison Bumgarner’s secret rodeo identity spurs minor league promotion with San Jose Giants

Now that Madison Bumgarner's secret double-life as a professional rodeo competitor is public knowledge, it seems inevitable that a minor league baseball team would rustle up a promotion surrounding it.

Right out of the gate, the San Jose Giants of the Class-A California League have announced "Mason Saunders Night" on June 5 to celebrate Bumgarner's alter ego, complete with rodeo-themed promotions and free tickets to all attendees who wear a Bumgarner jersey or rodeo outfit. 

Bumgarner pitched for San Jose as a 19-year-old in 2009 and had rehab starts with them in 2017 and 2018.

"This ain't our first rodeo," said Matt Alongi, the team's vice president of marketing. "We want to make sure that Madison is not only remembered for what he did on the baseball field, but also celebrate his unique accomplishments in the rodeo arena."

After 11 seasons — and three World Series titles — as a member of the San Francisco Giants, Bumgarner signed this offseason as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

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