After naming him Sports Illustrated's 2014 Sportsman of the Year, the magazine explored the backstory of the legend of Madison Bumgarner. From monster home runs in high school to roping steer during Spring Training, the story is incredible. One funny tidbit from the article: in high school, Bumgarner dated a girl named Madison Bumgarner. Seriously.
It's all true. That he was so good so young that he started playing coach-pitch baseball at age four against seven-year-olds, and is so adept with either hand that he shoots a bow, bats, writes and ropes righthanded, but throws from the left side. That his father, Kevin, wouldn't let him throw a curveball until he had a driver's license. That before he dated Ali, he dated a girl named Madison Bumgarner ("No relation, I'm sure of it"). That he was married in a white, open-collar shirt and blue jeans while carrying a pocket-knife. That he bought Ali a cow just before their wedding (though not specifically as a wedding present), and she loved it ...
The brilliant profile is worth a full read and check out SI's blog about other fun MadBum facts featured in the article.