Madison Bumgarner has won all the technology.
The San Francisco Giants pitcher hurled his way into baseball history Wednesday night with his third lights-out game of the 2014 World Series. His performance earned him MVP honors—a fine prize, but nothing compared to the fully loaded marvel of the modern world he received from Chevrolet zone manager Rikk Wilde.
Wilde stepped into frame during Bumgarner’s MVP ceremony and nervously presented the pitcher with keys to a 2015 Chevy Colorado. He described the vehicle as a cutting edge piece of machinery replete with “technology and stuff.”
The ceremony reached toxic levels of awkwardness, which we will now revisit.
Naturally, Wilde’s presentation instigated a rash of “technology and stuff” memes on social media.
Pete Blackburn @PeteBlackburn
I think I have to go buy a Chevy now. http://t.co/FHdN3yFsbk10/30/2014, 3:57:06 AM
Baseball Photos @Baseball_Photos
#Game7 Highlight: #ChevyGuy http://t.co/5nGzetwlCn10/30/2014, 4:20:22 AM
#ChevyGuy takes a trip to space. http://t.co/rNH3DaTe6h10/30/2014, 4:07:20 AM
Shawn Manfredo @ShawnM14
Chevy guy reminded me of the hypnotist from Office Space http://t.co/pa7eHCeHS510/30/2014, 3:45:13 AM
Roddy Bats 13 @BigPapiPegCity
Lol this didn't take long. #ChevyGuy #TechnologyAndStuff http://t.co/x0GqKOdcPF10/30/2014, 4:19:00 AM
K. Todd Storch @ktoddstorch
I love @gm trucks. They have Technology and Stuff. Excellent job @DeadstockNYC #technologyandstuff #WorldSeriesGame7 http://t.co/6eArvfCqQS10/30/2014, 3:52:26 AM
Joon Lee @iamjoonlee
An exclusive look at the new Chevy ad campaign. http://t.co/O7j69DTU1r10/30/2014, 3:45:19 AM
The best part may be that Chevy is embracing it all.
Chevy Trucks @ChevyTrucks
Truck yeah the 2015 #ChevyColorado has awesome #TechnologyAndStuff! You know you want a truck: http://t.co/0NcEoDRSUZ http://t.co/RMiRic8ATF10/30/2014, 5:29:02 AM
The downside, however, is that this four-wheel drive Ark of the Covenant that Bumgarner received may or may not be in need of immediate servicing.
GM said it has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of an ‘upcoming safety and noncompliance recall’ to fix the airbag flaw. GM said that the pickups’ driver-side airbag connections ‘were wired incorrectly during the manufacturing process,’ which could disrupt their deployment.
Certainly Chevrolet made sure to remedy this situation before handing over the keys to Bumgarner, who could probably use his swollen left elbow as an airbag in the meantime.
So look into that, Madison, before you take this high-tech beauty for a whirl. You don't want to gun the flux capacitor without functioning airbags.
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