Catching Snotrockets

 

The 2010 Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour continues, this time making a stop in Arizona. The San Francisco Giants were in Phoenix in late July and Bumgarner was on the mound, pitching balls and blowing snotrockets. What more could we ask for? Well, more snotrockets I guess but beggars can’t be choosers. We Bumgarner snotrocket enthusiasts have to take whatever amount of mucus that Madison decides to dish out.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, July 24, 2010 on the road vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

  • W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 3 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. L, 0 vs. R, 1 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 3rd in which he blew 2 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner through 6 starts in 2010 had 73 snotrockets.

 

Not very many snotrockets but at least there were some of which only one was closeup enough to get a good screencap (the other two were from a fuzzy centerfield camera angle):

 

It was a shy snotrocket with Bumgarner turning politely away from home plate to blow some mucus. What a gentleman.

Bumgarner’s pitching stats going into this 2010 game:

 

The rest of the game yielded no good snotrocket screencapping opportunities but because Joe Garagiola was broadcasting for the Diamondbacks it was still worth watching because he was fun to listen to, especially when talking about Buster Posey:

 

Retired catcher Garagiola also admired Posey’s catching gear:

 

Joe Garagiola also talked about his favorite catcher, Ernie Lombardi:

 

Shot of Garagiola in the Arizona booth talking about what else, catching:

 

In the background on the TV monitor is a shot of Garagiola’s old mended catcher’s mitt. A closeup:

 

Garagiola also discussed left-handed catchers, wondering why there had been so few of them in Major League Baseball. He thought they would have an advantage over right-handers, having a clearer path to throwing over to 1st base or something like that:

 

At one point Garagiola expressed some concern over Giants relief pitcher Denny Bautista’s physical condition:

 

A bit of snotrocket confusion in the game:

 

The roof turned out to be closed after all so they were indoor snotrockets. Hey, maybe that’s why there were so few of them. Mr. Bumgarner was simply too polite to blow much mucus while indoors. Or maybe the roof being closed affected the climate inside the ballpark thus having a detrimental effect on the amound of snot Bumgarner’s nasal system could produce. Something to think about.

Madison Bumgarner’s next 2010 start after this one was a home game vs. the Florida Marlins. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting classic Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Full Of Beans And Snotrockets

 

My quest to tally every Madison Bumgarner snotrocket seen on camera continues, this time taking me back to a 2010 midsummer game at Dodger Stadium (ew).

It’s been bittersweet watching these old Giants games. On one hand it’s fun to see players like Bumgarner and Buster Posey when they were so young and new to the big leagues because we know what greatness lies ahead for them. On the other hand I watch these games realizing that time is passing, too quickly, and one (hopefully far, far in the future) day I’ll have to say so long to them as I’ve done to so many other players. I try not to think about depressing things too much so I’m just going to move on and talk about happier things like the snotrockets.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Monday, July 19, 2010 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (ew):

 

  • W, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 8 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 4 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 6th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner through 5 starts had 70 snotrockets in the 2010 season.

 

So a lot of things happened in this game but before I get to any of it I couldn’t wait to share with the world what has already become one of my all time favorite Madison Bumgarner double snotrockets. Take a look at this:

 

Just look at that nose action. The wrinkling! The twisting! Truly a thing of beauty. And that was just the left nostril. We still have the right side coming up:

 

Man, have I missed these. The off-season is just too long. I can’t wait for Spring Training, can you?

Anyway, back to this game. When I watch these old games I don’t get to choose which broadcasting team to listen to; MLB goes with the home team for each game. Since the Giants were on the road in Los Angeles the Dodgers broadcast was used. Normally I’d be upset at missing the Giants home boys Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper but because this was a 2010 game in L.A. that meant Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was in the TV booth which was always a treat. Scully (who retired in 2016) was fun to listen to when calling a game. He always had lots of stories about past baseball stars as well as amazing amounts of trivia about the current players in the game. And not just about his own Dodgers but info on the opposing team as well. For instance, in this game I noticed that Scully was full of praise for Giants batterymates Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey:

And:

 

Some Madison Bumgarner trivia from Mr. Scully:

 

Yikes, imagine if this had happened:

 

They just don’t make ’em like Vin Scully anymore:

 

In his early days of pitching for the Giants Bumgarner used to pause for a quiet moment before throwing his first pitch. He doesn’t do that anymore and I sort of miss that:

 

Single snotrocket from the 5th inning:

 

Another solo nasal shot, this one from the 6th inning:

 

The 6th inning saw Bumgarner get into a bit of trouble but was he worried? I think not:

 

His manager Bruce Bochy worried a little though, and pulled him from the game that same inning. Guillermo Mota came on in relief of Bumgarner and the baby-faced Madison stayed in the dugout to watch:

 

Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt followed Mota into the game and finally the Giants then-closer Brian Wilson entered the game in the bottom of the 9th. Wilson got into all kinds of trouble trying to close out the game but he was fiercely determined to save it for Bumgarner:

 

Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain watched on from the dugout, confident that their teammate would succeed:

 

And he did.

 

Wait, one more before we go. Sorry Clayton but I couldn’t resist:

 

That was fun, wasn’t it? Next up on the Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour is a July 24, 2010 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Be sure to come back here or visit me on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Best of 2017 Snotrocket Screencaps

 

2017 was a short season for Madison Bumgarner but we weren’t short on snotrockets. Okay, we had fewer snotrockets because we had fewer Bumgarner starts but you get what I mean. There were snotrockets. They were real. They existed. Briefly, and there weren’t a whole lot of them, but they were seen and many of them were captured by that ace snotrocket screencapping duo @SanDiegoGiants and @iamjerklord. Much thanks go to them because as I’ve mentioned before this blog would just be some snotrocket stats and not much else without their screencaps. The following are examples of their finely honed craft as seen on Twitter last season.

From Mr. Bumgarner’s historic game on Opening Day we have this shy snotrocket:

 

From the same game, with a note and commentary on Bumgarner’s superlative achievement that afternoon:

 

Even though the Giants would end up losing Bumgarner’s fabulous start we fans still had reason to be happy:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s second start was in San Diego and he gave the Padres what for and also some mucus in double shot form:

 

Classically fierce Bumgarner snotrocket from the same game:

 

Half in and half out of the dugout snotrocket from the same game. Also take note of that awesome hits total and run support that Bumgarner’s teammates provided him that day (and for most of the season too):

 

Madison Bumgarner’s third start of the season was in Kansas City against the Royals, their first matchup since Bumgarner showed everyone back in 2014 that his name belonged on a list of the greatest World Series pitchers ever. Scoreless snotrocket from the 4th inning:

 

Interleague loogie:

 

The July 25th game saw a snotrocket vs. the Pirates, followed by an exciting afterwipe:

 

Also from the same game a thrilling at-bat snotrocket:

 

That day we saw the creation of an entirely new kind of dessert:

 

Everyone’s favorite, the double snotrocket, from a July 30th game against the Los Angeles Dodgers (ew). First to be expressed is the left nostril:

 

Followed by the right nostril:

 

The last weekend in August saw the first Player’s Weekend in Major League Baseball. Players from all thirty MLB teams wore different colored uniforms all weekend and had the opportunity to choose a nickname to go on the back of their jerseys, instead of their last name. I don’t know who designed the Giants uniforms but let’s just say I’m glad they were only temporary. Orange sherbet snotrocket from the August 26th game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

For the nickname on the back of his jersey Bumgarner played it safe:

 

 

Please take note of the important distinction:

 

Just when you think you’ve seen every kind of snotrocket that Madison Bumgarner has blown he comes up with a new one. From the September 3 game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals behold – the (glove) pocket snotrocket:

 

We were all so excited to see the birth of a new kind of snotrocket that no one was quite sure what to call it:

 

An at-home snotrocket from a September 16th game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s last start of the 2017 season was a victory for both the team and snotrocket fans everywhere. Here’s a double snotrocket on September 23rd vs. the Dodgers (ew). First the left nostril:

 

Followed by the right nostril:

 

Snotrocket gif from the same game:

 

That last gif caused some initial confusion but fortunately I had the proper volume to consult for a ruling:

 

So we (finally) close the book on another season of Madison Bumgarner’s snotrockets. Now we can start counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training and more importantly counting down the days until we see our first 2018 Opening Day snotrockets. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action. I can hardly wait! Can you?

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2017 Snotrocket Totals

 

Short but sweet. And sticky. That’s Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket season totals for 2017. Thanks to a certain automotive vehicle with in-line wheels Bumgarner’s season was abbreviated by several months. Think of all the snotrockets that went unblown. The horror. But think of the snot that did actually rocket out of Bumgarner’s nose. The delight!

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals for the 2017 season and their breakdowns by type, vs. teams, divisions and leagues:

2017 first half SNR (snotrocket) totals:

  • Total: 26 SNR (4 starts)
  • Day: 9 (1 start)
  • Night: 17 (3 starts)
  • Home: 8 (1 start)
  • Road: 18 (3 starts)
  • vs. L: 4
  • vs. R: 13
  • Other: 9
  • Double: 3
  • Glove: 1
  • Wins: 0 (0 wins)
  • Losses: 17 (3 losses)
  • No Decisions: 9 (1 ND)

First half, vs. teams:

DBacks:

  • 9 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 3
  • vs. R: 4
  • Other: 2
  • Double: 1

Padres:

  • 4 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 2
  • Other: 2
  • Double: 2

Rockies:

  • 8 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 5
  • Other: 3
  • Glove: 1

vs. Royals:

  • 5 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 1
  • vs. R: 2
  • Other: 2

2017 second half SNR (snotrocket) totals:

  • Total: 36 SNR (13 starts)
  • Day: 15 (4 starts)
  • Night: 21 (9 starts)
  • Home: 16 (7 starts)
  • Road: 20 (6 starts)
  • vs. L: 3
  • vs. R: 22
  • Other: 11
  • Pre-game: 1
  • Double: 4
  • At-bat: 1
  • In glove/pocket: 1
  • Wins: 10 (4 wins)
  • Losses: 21 (6 losses)
  • No Decisions: 5 (3 ND)

Second half, vs. teams:

Padres:

  • 2 SNR (2 starts)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 1
  • Other: 1

Dodgers:

  • 6 SNR (2 starts)
  • vs. L: 1
  • vs. R: 3
  • Other: 2
  • Double: 2

DBacks:

  • 10 SNR (3 starts)
  • vs. L: 2
  • vs. R: 6
  • Other: 2
  • At-bat: 1
  • Closed Roof/indoor: 7

Pirates:

  • 3 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 1
  • Other: 2
  • Pre-game: 1
  • At-bat: 1

Cubs:

  • 3 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 3
  • Other: 0

Marlins:

  • 0 SNR (1 start)

Phillies:

  • 2 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 1
  • Other: 1

Cardinals:

  • 4 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 4
  • Other: 0
  • In glove/pocket: 1

White Sox:

  • 6 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 3
  • Other: 3
  • Double: 2

2017 season totals:

  • Total: 62 SNR
  • Day: 24
  • Night: 38
  • Home: 24
  • Road: 38
  • vs. L: 7
  • vs. R: 35
  • Other: 20
  • Pre-game: 1
  • Double: 7
  • At-bat: 1
  • Glove: 1
  • In-glove/pocket: 1
  • Wins: 10 (4 wins)
  • Losses: 38 (9 losses)
  • No decisions: 14 (4 no decisions)

Season totals, vs. teams:

DBacks:

  • 19 SNR (4 starts)
  • vs. L: 5
  • vs. R: 10
  • Other: 4
  • At-bat: 1
  • Double: 1
  • Indoor: 7

Dodgers:

  • 6 SNR (2 starts)
  • vs. L: 1
  • vs. R: 3
  • Other: 2
  • Double: 2

Padres:

  • 6 SNR (3 starts)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 3
  • Other: 1
  • Double: 2

Rockies:

  • 8 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 5
  • Other: 3
  • Glove: 1

Pirates:

  • 3 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 1
  • Other: 2
  • Pre-game: 1
  • At-bat: 1

Cubs:

  • 3 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 3
  • Other: 0

Marlins:

  • 0 SNR (1 start)

Phillies:

  • 2 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 1
  • Other: 1

Cardinals:

  • 4 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 4
  • Other: 0
  • In glove/pocket: 1

White Sox:

  • 6 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 3
  • Other: 3
  • Double: 2

Royals:

  • 5 SNR (1 start)
  • vs. L: 1
  • vs. R: 2
  • Other: 2

Season totals, by divisions/leagues:

  • NL West: 39 SNR (10 starts)
  • NL Central: 10 SNR (3 starts)
  • NL East: 2 SNR (2 starts)
  • AL: 11 SNR (2 starts)

Coming soon will be a ‘Best Of’ post with some of Madison Bumgarner’s best snotrocket screencaps. Sneak preview:

You can hardly wait, can you. Don’t deny it. Don’t fight it. Give in to the Bumgarner snotrockets. It is your destiny.

See you here or on Twitter for more Madison Bumgarner snotrocket excitement soon.

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Season Snotrocket Totals Coming To A Blog Near You

 

I just realized I haven’t compiled Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals for the 2017 season yet. As Bumgarner only had 17 starts this season (blame a wayward dirt bike) there is really no excuse for this tardiness. My sincerest apologies go out to you, dear snotrocket fans. Maintain calm, all is well. I promise you, Bumgarner season snotrocket totals are coming soon.

 

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Shutdown Snotrockets

 

Madison Bumgarner’s season is over. He was due to start one more game this weekend before the Giants closed out this miserable year but for whatever reason manager Bruce Bochy decided to shut down Bumgarner prematurely. How dare he. Doesn’t Bochy realize that he’s depriving the world of the majesty that is Bumgarner and his snotrockets? The nerve of some people.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, September 23, 2017 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (ew):

 

  • W, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 4 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 3 vs. righties, 0 other. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 2nd in which he blew 2 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner finishes the 2017 season with 62 snotrockets.

 

Caught blissfully unawares that this would be Bumgarner’s last start of the year @SanDiegoGiants  cheerfully went about his business of screencapping and giffing the game’s snotrockets. First up though is something else that’s also very important:

 

Now onto the snotrockets. And the  snotrocket rules:

 

Double snotrocket that’s not a double:

 

Bumgarner did blow one actual double snotrocket in this game. It occurred in the 8th inning and as always we here at Bumgarner Snotrockets® aim to please by providing you with twin nostril action. First up is a snotrocket from the left nostril:

 

And one from the right:

 

Single centerfield camera snotrocket from the 6th inning:

 

Thrilling loogie action in the 7th inning:

 

This important scientific discussion took place during the game:

 

Bonus Bumgarner business – everybody who is anybody knows that Madison Bumgarner doesn’t like the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig. Actually Bumgarner doesn’t like a lot of people but he especially doesn’t like Puig. Therefore we can be pretty sure that Madison’s going to remember this moment in the game:

 

Annoying Puig bat flipping closeups:

 

I made this screencap myself because I thought that Madison Bumgarner actually had a bottle of milk in the dugout with him and I thought “Oh cool, Bumgarner’s a fellow milk fan” but no, upon closer examination I realized it was just a water bottle with something wrapped around it. I did notice in the background though a neat little detail: the Giants have their own bags of sunflower seeds. Check it out:

 

And here endeth another Madison Bumgarner snotrocket season, abbreviated by a dirt bike and cut short by a Bochy. Even thought Bumgarner closed out the season with less than 100 snotrockets I’m still grateful that I got to see any at all. And you should be too. Thank you Mr. Bumgarner for your excellent pitching, hitting and snotrocketing. We are not worthy.

Coming soon to this blog will be Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals for this season, complete with breakdowns (day, night, home, road, team, league, etc.) and also a post featuring the best snotrocket screencaps and gifs made by @SanDiegoGiants, @iamjerklord and even some by yours truly. So stay tuned for those and also any breaking Bumgarner snotrocket news. Thanks for reading!

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Gigante Snotrockets

 

The San Francisco Giants wore their special ‘Gigante’ jerseys in last Saturday’s game in honor of Orlando Cepeda’s 80th birthday:

 

And in honor of Madison Bumgarner’s 16th start of the season the Giants did what they usually do in Bumgarner’s starts: scored zero runs for him. Sigh. You can guess the results.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, September 16, 2017 at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

  • L, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 3 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 1 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 7th in which he blew 2 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 58 snotrockets in the 2017 season.

 

So the game was another undeserved loss for Mr. Bumgarner. What else is new this season? Doesn’t matter though because ever the professional that he is Bumgarner didn’t let his teammate’s ineptitude affect his snotrocketing. There was nasal projection and of course @SanDiegoGiants was right there with Bumgarner, capturing it for our viewing pleasure. Two snotrocket screencaps from the from the 7th inning:

 

Look at that nasal action. Kind of takes the sting out of yet another Giants loss, doesn’t it? Of course it does.

Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Saturday, September 23, 2017 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (ew). See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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