The New York Times went to North Carolina to talk to Madison Bumgarner's father after Game 7 of the World Series. The article and interview begin with Kevin Bumgarner opening his door after midnight by yelling "Wooooooooooo."
Things only get better from there. Some key highlights:
"I tell Madison, Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield," he said. "Sometimes you're the pigeon, and sometimes you're the statue."
Then Kevin pulled out his phone. He had texted Madison after the eighth inning, and he tried to read it to me. He began to choke up and just handed me the phone.
"OMG. You're so much more than awesome," Kevin had written to his son. "To see you work on the mound reminds me of watching you in high school. You are willing yourself to perfection and dragging the team along with you. I couldn't be more proud of your baseball accomplishments."
The entire article is amazing and we've fallen in love with this amazing North Carolina sports dad. Go read the whole thing.