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Madison Bumgarner Handles New York Media With Class After Being Asked About Yankees Interest

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets during the second inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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With the trade deadline less than two months away and the Yankees in the market for a starter, curiosity over the fit of the highly-coveted Madison Bumgarner in New York is natural.

When asked about possibly pitching for the Bronx Bombers, though, the Giants ace respectfully made it clear that he doesn't want to talk hypotheticals.

"I'm pretty sure we're still in the Giants clubhouse and I'm here trying to win games for this club," he said. Boom.

It's a tactful answer that demonstrates the respect that MadBum has for the team that he's been with for over a decade, especially in the face of a rather loaded question.

Bumgarner's focused on playing for the team he's with, not how he'd feel about donning pinstripes every fifth day. And regardless of how he actually feels deep down, he's saying all the right things out loud.

It's still plenty fair for fans and media alike to speculate about his fate considering the position he's in with a rebuilding Giants squad. He hasn't quite been his normal, dominating self this year, but on a contending team, he could feel like a man reborn.

Bumgarner's 4.05 ERA in 2019 is higher than any other season in his career, though his 3.88 FIP suggests that there's been some bad luck contributing to that.

Regardless of the numbers and the chatter, he's clearly focused on one thing, and that's dancing with the date that brought him.