For those who missed it, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on Wednesday night, ending a devastating two-year drought. They defeated the Kansas City Royals in a nail-biting seven games, largely on the back of Joe Buck‘s man-crush, pitching star and series MVP Madison Bumgarner. The trophy came down to the final moments of the game, when a booted single almost became an inside-the-park home run for the Royals in the bottom of the ninth.
Suffice it to say, Game 7 was some seriously good sportsball.
Despite all that magic and grit and aura and mystique, the final game still had its share of awkward moments, mostly when the players weren’t on the field. Check ’em out below:
Bizarre Rendition of “God Bless America”
We’re not kidding when we say this might be among the strangest renditions of an already-tedious song. MSgt. Jennifer Sherman either decided to embellish like crazy or end the song in an entirely different key. Watch below:
Hilariously Awkward Chevrolet Executive
America shared a collective groan when Chevrolet executive Rikk Wilde stepped up to the podium to present Bumgarner with a truck as his MVP prize. Wilde stumbled and breathed heavily through a painfully awkward sales pitch for Chevy, including saying that the carmaker is proud of its, “um, 2015 Chevy Colorado, um, it combines class-winning and leading, you know, technology and stuff with WiFi powered by OnStar.” Watch below:
Bumgarner Is Never Happy; Doesn’t Know What to Do with a Trophy
If this is how Madison Bumgarner looks and speaks when he’s happy, then we don’t want to imagine him mad or upset. Good lord did he mumble and monotone his way through an acceptance speech for the MVP trophy. And then when it was time to exit the podium, the 25-year-old politely asked Erin Andrews where he should put his shiny new award. “Oh, you can take that, that’s yours now,” she joked to him as he solemnly walked off-camera. Watch below:
NOT AWKWARD: Jeremy Affeldt Tears Up in Post-Game Interview
This moment was decidedly NOT awkward, but rather a reminder for many Americans why we love this sport so much. San Francisco veteran pitcher Jeremy Affeldt is now a three-time world champion, and he’s so happy to give those three rings to his three sons that it makes him cry on national television. Affeldt is already well-known for his big heart, and this bittersweet moment further cemented it:
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