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From the Wall Street Journal
Madison Bumgarner, the starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, is barely 25-years old. He was born in 1989, making him the fourth-youngest player on his team’s roster.
So it seems a bit strange that Bumgarner has been taking the mound to “Fire on the Mountain” by the Marshall Tucker Band—a country-rock hit from 1975 and a far cry from the pop and hip-hop tunes that typically blare over stadium loudspeakers. Asked about his sudden taste for vintage music Monday, Bumgarner didn’t offer much by way of an explanation.
“I heard it one day, and I thought, ‘We’ll go with that one for a little bit and see how it goes,’” he said.
To this point, it has gone quite well. Bumgarner has a 1.42 ERA in 31 2/3 innings during these playoffs and was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series.
As for “Fire on the Mountain,” only one Giant was even alive when it came out: 39-year-old pitcher Tim Hudson.
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