Sweaty Chevy guy who gave Bumgarner MVP prize is an Internet hit

Jose Luis Villegas/APGiants pitcher Madison Bumgarner got a sweet trophy on Wednesday for a standout World Series performance

Jose Luis Villegas/APGiants pitcher Madison Bumgarner got a sweet trophy on Wednesday for a standout World Series performance

MVP Madison Bumgarner won (OK, saved) the World Series, but Chevrolet executive Rikk Wilde won the Internet after awkwardly presenting the Giants' ace with a new Chevy truck on Wednesday.

Wilde set Twitter aflame with a lovably sweaty monologue in which he told a stoic Bumgarner that the pickup “combines class-winning and -leading, you know, technology and stuff, with Wi-Fi powered by OnStar.”

“ChevyGuy is the most hilariously awkward person ever,” a poster tweeted, with others comparing Wilde, who nervously read his speech off index cards, to late comedian Chris Farley.

“As World Series MVP, Chevy would like to award you with a VAN down by the RIVER!,” one Deadspin commenter quipped, alluding to Farley's popular “Saturday Night Live” skit.

General Motors jumped on the trend, using the hot #technologyandstuff hashtag to link to a Chevy ad.

“He was on message,” a GM spokesman told The Associated Press. “The truck has technology and stuff. We will use that term and stuff.”

It wasn't a home run for GM's PR people, though — USA Today pointed out the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado that Bumgarner got was recalled earlier this month due to defective airbags.

APPLE CEO: I'M GAY

Apple CEO Tim Cook surprised no one Thursday by officially stating he's “proud to be gay,” but Cook still earned kudos for becoming the most high-profile openly LGBT CEO.

The Cupertino-based company's CEO discussed his sexuality in a piece titled “Tim Cook Speaks Up” on Bloomberg Businessweek's website.

“I've come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important,” he wrote.

While his sexual orientation was an open secret in Silicon Valley, the disclosure could have one real benefit.

“It is going to be hard being a homophobe while holding an iPhone now,” gay-rights activist Todd Sears told The Associated Press.

QUICK TAKES

Actor Danny Glover's ex-wife Asake Bomani has reportedly sold her mansion in the Haight for $10 million, the Curbed SF blog says. The couple paid $1.55 million for it in 1990; writers Jack London and Ambrose Bierce previously lived there. … Phish serenaded the Bill Graham Civic Center with riffs from “We Are the Champions” on Wednesday after jubilant Giants fans burst into cheers after the World Series victory.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

A's infielder Andy Parrino is 29. … Rapper Vanilla Ice is 46. … Musician Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is 48. … Pacifica native and actor Rob Schneider (“The Animal”) is 50. … Actress Deidre Hall (“Days of Our Lives”) is 66.

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