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Royals fans not thrilled Giants’ Madison Bumgarner is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of Year

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw in relief in game seven of the World Series and his legend was cemented.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw in relief in game seven of the World Series and his legend was cemented. The Kansas City Star

Madison Bumgarner again!?!

The Giants pitcher who broke the hearts of Royals fans in the World Series was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year on Monday.

You may recall that Steve Rushin wrote an essay explaining that Royals fans as a collective were his choice for Sports Illustrated’s award.

Alas, the magazine picked the guy who won two games and saved another during the Giants’ seven-game World Series victory over the Royals.

So, Bumgarner, the guy from Hudson, N.C., gets the World Series ring and the Sports Illustrated cover.

“It’s easy to mythologize the small-town sports hero. Baseball, especially, is full of them,” Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Chris Stone wrote in a story on the publication’s web site. “Madison Bumgarner isn’t the Sportsman of the Year because he’s from a tiny town, but that town goes a long way toward defining who he is and it gives his story a different texture from past Sportsmen.”

The reaction from some Royals fans was not that of happiness:

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