The Hickory Crawdads are giving local fans some extra incentive to watch the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day this year, thanks to former South Caldwell High School standout Madison Bumgarner being

named the Giants Opening Day starting pitcher.



In honor of Bumgarner becoming the first ever Hickory-born player to make an Opening Day start, the 'Dads are encouraging fans to root for the lefty more than normal. If the Bumgarner earns the win for the Giants in their March 31 opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 'Dads will honor his South Caldwell HS jersey No. 5 by offering $5 tickets to 5 games during their Opening Week home stand. The deal will be offered for the first 5 hours of business (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) on April 1.


"It's an awesome achievement for a very deserving young man," said Crawdads Assistant GM and Caldwell County native Charlie Downs. "I can only imagine the pride that Madison and his family are feeling, and also his entire fan base in Caldwell County. We'll definitely be rooting for him on Opening Day and for the rest of the season."


Bumgarner, 24, was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1989. The southpaw went on to lead the South Caldwell HS Spartans to the 4A State Championship in 2007 before being drafted 10th overall by the Giants later that same year.


The 2013 All-Star went 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA last year, and was a key member of the Giants World Series titles in both 2010 and 2012.


For more information about the Madison Bumgarner promotion, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.



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Photo Courtesy: Madison Bumgarner, PHOTO SUBMITTED