Madison Bumgarner, the reigning Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year," had a rough Cactus League debut on Tuesday.
The 2014 World Series MVP gave up four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.
The A's hit for the cycle off Bumgarner in the first inning.
“Right now, the results I’m not worried about, whether you go out there and strike out everyone or give up three to four runs or whatever it was today,” Bumgarner said. “Right now it’s just getting back into the swing of things … it’s just about getting the arm in shape, making pitches. It’s the first day — I’d like to go out there and be perfect, but it’s tough to do.”
Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow isn't worried, either.
"Well it's spring training," Krukow explained on KNBR 680-AM Wednesday morning. "The very first time you get out there in front of people is weird. I don't care if there are 50 people in the stands or if there's 10,000 or 50,000. It's weird. It kind of takes you to a different feeling of adrenaline, and plus now you're facing a guy who doesn't have your uniform on, that elevates it, too.
"So the long winter nap, you kind of forget those lines. And when you get exposed to it again, you're of out of whack and that's kinda where he was ... I don't read a whole lot into it (laughing). I always thought that bad springs were good luck, so from this perspective he's off to a great start...
"Bumgarner could have a 14.00 ERA in spring training and nobody is gonna worry about it."
Bumgarner etched his name in Giants and Major League Baseball lore with his unbelievable dominance last October.
In the World Series, he defeated the Royals in Games 1 and 5 and closed out Game 7 with five innings of two-hit baseball out of the bullpen -- becoming the first pitcher ever to record two wins and a save in one Fall Classic.
Over 52.2 innings in October, the most ever thrown in one postseason, he finished with a 1.03 ERA.
In 36 career World Series innings, the 25-year old has allowed one run on 14 hits and five walks, with 31 strikeouts.
"He's a legend now," Krukow said. "You do what he did and how can you forget that? He doesn't have to get another person out and he'll always be a legend because of what happened last October ... He will never be forgotten."