Madison Bumgarner's quiet return to San Francisco makes for a surreal scene
Madison Bumgarner's quiet return to San Francisco makes for a surreal scene

SAN FRANCISCO — The cardboard cutouts did not grow legs, so there was no standing ovation. The piped-in crowd noise carried on at a steady hum, blissfully unaware one of the season’s most anticipated moments was taking place under its reverb.The only noise at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in China Basin was the pop of Madison Bumgarner’s first fastball reaching the back of his batterymate’s mitt for strike one, the most audible of any of his 141 first pitches thrown at Oracle Park, even having lost a couple miles an hour.But it wasn’t Buster Posey on the receiving end of this one, Bumgarner’s first pitch…

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