It’s OK, Kansas City, you won’t see Madison Bumgarner again. Probably.



KANSAS CITY — I’m in Kansas City for Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7. I have a couple of hours before workouts and the generally superficial press conferences and things of a World Series off-day. In the meantime, I grabbed lunch.

At the table behind me, an obviously serious baseball fan was talking to his friend who, from the sounds of it, is not a big fan but who, like so many in a World Series city, are on the bandwagon. The fan was explaining the idea of pitcher rest to the non-fan.

Guy 1: “These days starting pitchers usually pitch on four days rest. If they ever pitch on less than four days rest, it’s three. That’s called ‘short rest.’ Starters never pitch on less than three.”

Guy 2: “OK.”

Guy 1: “So, if he were to pitch tomorrow it’d be on one day rest…

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