One Year Ago: Max Muncy’s ‘Go Get it Out of the Ocean’ Home Run

Madison Bumgarner has a tendency to get upset on the mound, but what he can’t stand the most is when a player either shows him up with an emphatic bat flip or slowly walks down the first base line admiring a home run.

As Max Muncy found out during a day game on June 9, 2019, Bumgarner, the former San Francisco Giants pitcher and current Arizona Diamondback, can even lose his cool over absolutely nothing. This was the moment which gave way to one of the greatest clap backs in MLB history.

The Giants were hosting the Dodgers in the rubber match of a three game series in San Francisco.  It was only the first inning and already Mad Bum was in a huff about the strike zone when Mad Max stepped to the plate with one out and nobody on.

Bumgarner threw a 2-1 fastball right in Muncy’s wheelhouse and the Dodgers’ first baseman demolished it, clearing the right field wall by plenty for a dramatic McCovey Cove splash. As it turned out, that was the only run the Dodgers would need as they won the game 1-0.

After the ball landed, the drama continued. Seemingly out of nowhere, Bumgarner started barking at Muncy as he trotted down the first base line. Bumgarner used some colorful language, but essentially yelled at Muncy to stop watching the ball, hurry up and finish running around the bases.

Muncy responded by showing Dodger Fans he’s actually a badass and told Bumgarner, “If you don’t want me to watch the ball you can go get it out of the ocean.”

Now, I’ve watched the replay a number of times and it’s a pretty standard Max Muncy home run. He crushes it, sick bat drop, walks a couple of steps and goes into his home run trot. No crazy bat flip, no gesture to Bumgarner, no gesture to the dugout and no pounding his chest. By Madison Bumgarner standards, it’s exactly what he prefers.

So why was the dude so mad? Maybe it was fueled by his anger toward the inconsistency of the strike zone one at bat prior? Who knows? But here’s what I do know: if pitchers are allowed to pump their fists and cheer their own accomplishment after a big strikeout to end an inning, then hitters should be allowed the same luxury when hitting a big home run. I personally prefer the bat drop to the bat flip, but I say let the bats fly and the celebrations run wild. It makes the games more exciting and for a sport trying to capture younger audiences, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

Despite the “go get it out of the ocean” t-shirts that were sold to fans and worn by Dodger players, Muncy says he didn’t ultimately welcome the attention.

“The Bumgarner thing last year — I had never been in that situation, getting national attention, and I didn’t really like it,” Muncy told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. “That’s not my personality. I’m the guy you notice on the field, but don’t hear on the field.”

That may be true most of the time, but we heard him that day, one year ago, and because of that, he’ll always be a legend in the eyes of Dodger fans.

Jake Reiner is a writer and contributor for Dodgers LowDown and a reporter for KCBS/KCAL. Follow him on twitter @Reiner_Jake.

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