No Decision Snotrockets

 

Another stop on the Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour was made today and it was a good one. There was plenty of mucus flying around AT&T Park that summer night in 2010. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies:

 

  • ND, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 10 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 9 vs. righties, 1 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th innings in which he blew 2 snotrockets per inning.
  • Madison Bumgarner through 13 starts in 2010 had 134 snotrockets.

 

Most of the snotrockets from this game were seen from a distance so they weren’t ideal screencapping material but I did manage to get a couple. Here’s a shy snotrocket from the 5th inning:

 

And a more visible but still fuzzy snotrocket from the 6th inning:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start after that August 31 one was a September game in Arizona vs. the Diamondbacks. Will there be snotrockets blown or snotrockets left stored in Bumgarner’s magical nose? Tune in here or follow me on Twitter to find out!

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Home Runs Vs. Snotrockets

 

The title of this blog post because:

 

As you might have guessed this 2010 start was a rough one for Madison Bumgarner. Pitching-wise, I mean. In snotrocket blowing Bumgarner was magnificent.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at home vs. the Cincinnati Reds:

 

  • ND, 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 12 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 5 other. 2 pre-game SNR. 1 at-bat SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in which he blew 4 snotrockets in each of those innings.
  • Madison Bumgarner through 12 starts in 2010 had 124 snotrockets.

 

So there were lots of snotrockets but precious few snotrocket screencaps on account of 2010 fuzziness. If you’re okay with the fuzzy I still managed to screencap a few of them though. Here’s a snotrocket from the 1st inning:

 

Fuzzy snotrocket approach followed by a fuzzy snotrocket:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start after this one was also at home, a night game vs. the Rockies. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the 2010 snotrockets being at night will hopefully be fuzz-free unlike most of their daytime counterparts. I’ll probably live tweet them fuzzy or not so see you on Twitter or here for all the exciting vintage Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Magical Snotrockets

 

The Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour continues to chug along, gathering steam and mucus. Today it made a late summer stop in St. Louis circa 2010 and I got to witness a San Francisco Giants win against the Cardinals but more importantly I saw snotrockets.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Friday, August 20, 2010 on the road vs. the St. Louis Cardinals:

 

  • W, 7.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 7 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 5 other. 1 on-base SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 2nd in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner through 11 starts in 2010 had 112 snotrockets.

 

Let’s get things started with a shy snotrocket from the 2nd inning:

 

Before that one though I did witness an on-base snotrocket in the top of the 2nd, when Bumgarner reached 3rd base:

 

It’s so pretty:

 

Another shy snotrocket, this time from the 5th inning:

 

Fuzzy side view snotrocket from the 7th inning:

 

The Cardinals used some interesting graphics for their TV broadcast:

 

Getting to view all these vintage Bumgarner snotrockets has been fun but I also enjoy hearing various broadcasters discussing Bumgarner at the very beginning of his major league career, before all of his postseason excellence:

 

Player of this game and every game he’s in:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start after this one was a game at home against the Reds. I should be live tweeting that so see you on Twitter and of course here for all the exciting vintage Bumgarner snotrockets.

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A Touch Of Snotrockets

 

For this week’s stop on the Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour we once again made our way to AT&T Park for a game against the San Diego Padres. Unfortunately even though the San Francisco Giants were at home the game was broadcast by Fox Sports so that meant (inferior) national broadcasters instead of our (superior) local ones. No matter. Bumgarner was pitching and so we had snotrockets to soothe and console us.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, August 14, 2010 at home vs. the San Diego Padres:

 

  • ND, 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. lefties, 0 vs. righties, 4 other. 1 pre-game SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 7th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner through 10 starts in 2010 had 105 snotrockets.

 

Let’s start things off with a nice shot of Bumgarner intensity from this game:

 

That’s the nicest, clearest screencap of Madison Bumgarner that I was able to get from this broadcast. Every time I tried to screencap Bumgarner doing anything else he came out looking like something from a horror film. Now playing – The Faceless Creature from the Hillbilly Deluxe Lagoon:

 

Even the lone snotrocket screencap I was able to get was fuzzy-looking:

 

Oh well. Some snotrocket screencapping days are better than others.

Madison Bumgarner’s next 2010 start was on August 20 against the Cardinals in St. Louis. I’ll most likely live tweet that one when I watch it so see you on Twitter or here of course for all the exciting vintage Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Raging Snotrockets

 

We had Giants. We had furious Madison Bumgarner. We had eight year old snotrockets. Can you feel the excitement?

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Monday, August 9, 2010 at home vs. the Chicago Cubs:

 

  • ND, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB (1 IBB), 3 K, 12 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 7 vs. righties, 5 other. 1 mound visit SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st and the 4th in which he blew 3 snotrockets per inning.
  • Madison Bumgarner blew at least 1 snotrocket in every inning that he pitched (5.2 IP).
  • Bumgarner through 9 starts in 2010 had 99 snotrockets.

 

It was a pretty good game snotrocket-wise for Mr. Bumgarner. He hit double digits back on that August 2010 night. He doesn’t reach that kind of lofty number often these days so it was fun seeing so much mucus fly. I’m going to go out of sequence and post a nice, classic profile snotrocket screencap which came in the 5th inning:

 

Not bad huh? It was one of the better ones of the night. But let’s get back to the snotrockets in chronological order. Keys To The Game snotrocket before Bumgarner threw his first pitch:

 

That was followed within seconds by snotrocket #2:

 

I was only able to catch a tiny glimpse of this snotrocket from the 4th inning:

 

A  fuzzy centerfield camera snotrocket also from the 4th inning:

 

Here’s a nice nose bender snotrocket after Bumgarner finished the top of the 4th:

 

A rare mound visit snotrocket from the 5th inning. Bumgarner’s nose is blocked from view by pitching coach Dave Righetti’s head but trust me there was mucus flying:

 

Another partially obstructed view snotrocket, also from the 6th inning:

 

As you can tell from that mound visit by his pitching coach and teammates Madison Bumgarner got into a bit of trouble in the 6th inning. At one point Bumgarner gave up a go ahead run to the Cubs and he was not happy about it:

 

Really, really not happy about it:

 

Furious nose wipe:

 

Still angry even in the dugout:

 

Everything turned out all right though in the end because the Giants came back and scored a couple of runs for the win. A dog that was at the ballpark that night was overcome with emotion:

 

Bonus screencaps – it was Jerry Garcia Night at AT&T Park back on 08/09/2010 so Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper dressed for the occasion:

 

Former NBA star Bill Walton is a huge Grateful Dead fan so of course he was in attendance at the game:

 

Mr. Walton is always a fun guest in the TV booth during a Giants game but appearances like his do not make my job any easier:

 

Fans in attendance that night got this nice Jerry Garcia bobblehead:

 

Presented without comment:

 

The next stop on the Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour will be a day game at home vs. the San Diego Padres. I’ll probably live tweet that one when I watch it so see you on Twitter and of course here too for all the exciting antiquated snotrocket action.

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Bumgarner The Race Horse

 

Madison Bumgarner has had many fine accomplishments in his career so far. Three World Series rings, an award for Most Valuable Player in the 2014 National League Championship Series, another MVP award for the 2014 World Series and the admiration and respect of baseball fans everywhere. All very impressive, well deserved and hard earned. The rings and trophies and high esteem are nice but what could be better than to have a horse named after you?

 

It’s true. There’s an Australian racehorse named Bumgarner. I had no idea that this tribute to Madison Bumgarner’s excellence existed until one day in May 2017 I got this tweet from @smwills140, a Giants fan that lives Down Under:

 

This was approximately one week after Bumgarner was injured in a dirt bike accident so of course I had questions:

 

But it didn’t happen that day:

 

However, five days later:

 

Beautiful horse even though he wore Dodger blue (ew). Love the description in the caption – “…was just too strong after enjoying a good run. Looks to be a nice type in the making”:

 

Bumgarner the Horse did his best but ended up finishing last. He also had some problems respiratory-wise. Good Giants and Bumgarner fan @smwills140 had the solution:

 

By the way, in case you were skeptical that Bumgarner the Horse was really named after Bumgarner the Man then here’s verification from his trainer @henrydwyer, obtained by another good international Giants fan, @jrwyke:

 

Mr. Dwyer’s reply was a link to Madison Bumgarner’s Wikipedia page:

 

So there you have it, not straight from the horse’s mouth but from the horse’s trainer, that Bumgarner the Horse was named after one of the World Series’ pitching greats. But back to the race. Bumgarner the Horse was examined after making those respiratory noises and more bad news:

 

Giants fans were disappointed but not surprised by the latest Bumgarner the Horse news, given what happened to the horse’s namesake:

 

Other news:

 

Bumgarner the Horse was out of action for several months, recuperating and presumably still not blowing snotrockets. Then one day in November 2017:

 

Bumgarner the Horse did better in that race, finishing in 3rd place:

 

He’s had three more races since then, finishing in 4th place, 6th place (day before Christmas):

 

and 5th place, respectively. By the way, not only did some of us Giants fans hear from Bumgarner the Horse’s trainer on Twitter we also heard from one of his owners as well:

 

A little more detail on how Bumgarner the Horse got his name:

 

Does Clayton Kershaw have a race horse named after him? I think not. Yet more proof of Madison Bumgarner’s superiority over his Dodger rival. Take that, Clayton.

You can view Bumgarner the Horse’s racing form here. It has a list of all the races he’s run in, including trials, and also some biographical info like the names of his parents (Wanted and Kristeva), his birth date (August 24, 2013) and and also his owners. If you sign up for membership at racing.com (it’s free) you can also watch clips from his races as well. But if you don’t want to sign up for membership you can see the end of Bumgarner the Horse’s first race when he finished in 1st place on Twitter. I’m not a racing fan but I have to admit it’s neat hearing Bumgarner’s name being called in a horse race.

Here’s hoping Bumgarner the Horse will stay healthy and be successful in all of his races from here on out. The same goes for Bumgarner the Man. I’m also hoping that Madison Bumgarner finds out there’s a racehorse with his name. I’d love to see his reaction. After all, as we all know Mr. Bumgarner has a thing for horses:

 

The next blog post will be another stop on the vintage Bumgarner snotrocket tour but I’ll do my best to post future race info here on any future Bumgarner the Horse news. The best way to stay up to date on both snotrocket and horse news is to follow me on Twitter. See you there for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket and equestrian action.

UPDATE (01/27/2018): I found out this morning that Bumgarner the Horse has been put up for sale. You can view all pertinent selling information at this link: https://inglisdigital.com/lot/541.26.htm

The bidding ends in three days. If you’re a Giants fan and you have the money and room for a horse then what could be better than to own a Bumgarner of your very own? Or if anyone reading this knows how to get in touch with Madison Bumgarner (the human) then please let him know that there’s a race horse named after him and he has a chance to buy his namesake. Thanks a lot and thanks for reading.

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Short Term Snotrockets

 

I watched one 2010 Madison Bumgarner start yesterday, a game against the Marlins, but it wasn’t enough:

 

Thus:

 

However:

 

Ah well, some days are better snotrocket-wise than others.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, August 4, 2010 on the road vs. the Colorado Rockies:

 

  • L, 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 6 SNR (snotrockets): 4 vs. lefties, 1 vs. righties, 1 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 5th in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner through 8 starts in 2010 had 87 snotrockets.

 

Even though Bumgarner only went 4 innings he did blow 6 snotrockets so the game wasn’t a total loss. I was only able to get one fairly decent screencap of a snotrocket though:

 

The other snotrockets were all too fuzzy to screencap. I did manage to capture a Pat Burrell pinkie nose pick:

 

And it was nice to see a little bit of the Humm Baby himself, former Giants manager Roger Craig, in this broadcast:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start after this one was a night game at home vs. the Chicago Cubs. Maybe the game being at night will change the look of the snotrockets and make them less fuzzy-appearing. Game under the lights = sharper snotrocket screencaps? Check back at this blog next week or follow me on Twitter to find out. See you here or there for all the exciting Madison Bumgarner vintage snotrocket action.

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