Snotrocket Genesis

 

In an earlier post I noted that I got started late in my Madison Bumgarner snotrocket tallying career. Bumgarner made his major league debut in September 2009 but I only started officially tallying snotrockets in 2012 (I have rough snotrocket numbers from the 2011 season). But recently I discovered that I can now watch every Bumgarner appearance in a major league game; this meant that I would be able to at some point compile complete career Bumgarner snotrocket totals which made me incredibly happy. Last night I re-watched Bumgarner’s first big league start and it was everything that I hoped it would be.

Here’s a nice shot of Bumgarner in the dugout before taking the field in his major league debut:

 

A quiet moment before throwing his first major league pitch:

 

I live-tweeted the momentous occasion and felt it only fair to give warning what was about to happen:

 

One of the greatest periods in San Francisco Giants history begins:

 

San Francisco Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper remarks on what a huge moment this is for the Giants left hander:

 

While Kuiper’s TV partner Mike Krukow makes note of Bumgarner’s approach to the mound:

 

One of Madison Bumgarner’s teammates offers some sage advice to the rookie before his first pitch:

 

At exactly 7:14 PM history is made:

 

And five minutes later history of a slightly lesser sort is made:

 

I was so grateful for the opportunity to see all of this:

 

Bumgarner got the start that September night because the Giants regularly scheduled starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum, was experiencing back spasms. Upon learning this a fan at the ballpark made a last minute adjustment to his jersey:

 

Other Giants fans showed their support of Madison Bumgarner as well:

 

 

Of course it wasn’t all snotrockets, loogies and fan support in Bumgarner’s first MLB start:

 

When the snotrockets did happen though they were something special:

 

A first at-bat in the majors is an important moment:

 

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at home vs. the San Diego Padres:

 

  • ND, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 7 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 0 vs. righties, 7 other. 1 pre-game SNR. 2 at-bat SNR. 1 dugout SNR. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in which he blew 2 snotrockets in each inning.
  • Madison Bumgarner with 7 snotrockets so far in the 2009 season.

 

The snotrocket tweets and stats were the meat and potatoes of this blog post. It’s now time for the dessert: the snotrocket screencaps. These screencaps aren’t of the highest quality because the video of MLB games from even 8 years ago is a little fuzzy and not as HD as they are now. But still we have them and that’s something to be grateful for. Here’s the aforementioned first Madison Bumgarner MLB on camera snotrocket:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s first major league loogie, in two parts:

 

Second snotrocket in his first at-bat:

 

A snotrocket on the way back to the dugout:

 

Two minutes later a snotrocket in the top of the 3rd:

 

I was happy to see that Bumgarner’s major league debut contained one of my favorites, the double snotrocket. First up is the left nostril:

 

Then the right nostril:

 

Bengie Molina was the Giants starting catcher in 2009 and he was behind the plate for Madison Bumgarner’s major league debut. Buster Posey was fresh up out of the minors and with the club during Bumgarner’s start but he spent the game in the bullpen:

 

Bumgarner left with the lead in the top of the 6th inning and received a standing ovation from the fans. He tipped his cap in appreciation:

 

Attaboy Madison Bumgarner. It was an incredible experience to watch your first major league start and to tally your first major league snotrockets. Thank you for your pitching and snotrocketing excellence.

Thanks must also go to Major League Baseball for making available this game to view eight years after it happened and to Baseball Reference, a great website that is an invaluable resource for baseball statistics. From their site I was able to get Bumgarner’s pitching stats and other important details like the start time of the game which is oh so important for calculating the exact time that each snotrocket occurred. I am grateful to both.

Madison Bumgarner’s next start in 2009 occurred on Saturday, September 19, 2009 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. I’m not sure exactly when I will tally the snotrockets for that game but when I do I’ll be sure to post all the relevant info here. I’ll probably also live tweet the snotrockets too so you should follow me on Twitter for all the exciting delayed Bumgarner snotrocket action. You’ll be glad you did.

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Snotrocket Salvation

 

It’s only been two days since we learned the news about Madison Bumgarner’s injury. I’m still reeling from the thought of losing both Bumgarner’s pitching and snotrocketing excellence for who knows how long. But then this happened today:

Finally some good news in the midst of so much bad. What with the San Francisco Giants losing Bumgarner, me losing Bumgarner snotrockets and the Giants just losing in general it was difficult to find a reason to go on living. But the discovery that I’ll be able to watch every single Madison Bumgarner MLB start from the beginning means so much to me. I am saved. And yes, I know it’s not the same as having a healthy Bumgarner blowing live snotrockets but right now it’s all I have.

Lastly, yesterday’s Giants game vs. the Colorado Rockies had nothing to recommend about it except for the fact that during the game Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore paid tribute to Madison Bumgarner in the best way possible:

Gif form:

 

That was nice of you Matt Moore, thanks and much appreciated.

When I start tallying the snotrockets from Bumgarner’s 2009-2011 starts I will of course post the snotrocket totals here. Who knows, I may also live tweet them as well. So come on over to Twitter for all the exciting delayed Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Dirt Bike 1, Snotrockets 0

 

Today was going pretty well. A nice day.  Then:

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Most people on Twitter were sympathetic:

 

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Then there’s this guy:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s injury happened yesterday, an off day for the San Francisco Giants. They’re in Denver this weekend to play the Colorado Rockies. When the Giants come home after Sunday’s game Bumgarner will be seen by their own team doctor and then we will have more information on the extent of his injuries and how long he will be on the disabled list. Some people though are already predicting bad news. I really hope they’re wrong.

Of course this means that for as long as Bumgarner is on the DL there will be no snotrocket tallying. Oh sure, the television cameras may show him during a game blowing a snotrocket or two while he’s sitting in the dugout supporting his teammates but unless the snotrockets happen during a Bumgarner start then they are not official snotrockets and do not get tallied. As much as I will miss his snotrocketing I worry about the extent of Bumgarner’s injuries even more.

Please be okay Madison Bumgarner. We love you and we miss you already. Also can you please wear this whenever you’re not pitching:

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Dismal Snotrockets

 

Same story, different game in 2017. Madison Bumgarner pitches well. The San Francisco Giants don’t score any runs for him. Bumgarner still winless. Giants offense still gloomy.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, April 19, 2017 on the road vs. the Kansas City Royals (Royals win 2-0):

 

  • L, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 HR, 5 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 2 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 5th in which he blew 2 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 26 snotrockets in the 2017 season.

 

While Madison Bumgarner’s teammates sadly couldn’t come through for him tonight his snotrocket screencapper did. @SanDiegoGiants was hard at work, screencapping snotrockets and giffing loogies. A bottom of the 2nd inning snotrocket:

 

Descriptive snotrocket in the 3rd inning:

 

Bottom of the 4rd and still scoreless snotrocket:

 

Little loogie from the 5th inning:

 

I wanted Madison Bumgarner to get his first win in 2017 so much that I tried a little dirty laundry magic:

 

It didn’t work. Maybe I should have washed and ironed it first. The Giants weak offense plus my slovenly habits cost Bumgarner his first 2017 win.

 

I’m sorry don’t cry I’ll do my laundry and the Giants will hit and score some runs in your next start okay please don’t cry

Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at home vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Invisible Snotrockets

 

There were multiple snotrockets in tonight’s game but Madison Bumgarner’s unofficial official snotrocket screencapper @SanDiegoGiants was on non-snotrocket assignment tonight so there will be no snotrocket screencaps. However his partner in screencapping crime @iamjerklord did get this very nice random Bumgarner shot:

 

 

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Thursday, April 13, 2017 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies (final score 3 – 1 Rockies):

 

  • L, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 8 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 5 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 glove SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 2nd and 6th in which he blew 3 snotrockets in each inning.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 21 snotrockets in the 2017 season.

 

So that’s about it for tonight’s Bumgarner snotrocket blog post. Wait, there was this:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 on the road vs. the Kansas City Royals. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Quiet Snotrockets

 

The Giants offense was hushed. Madison Bumgarner’s snotrockets were muted. It was like a library out there on the playing field in San Diego tonight. We need the loud cracking of Giants bats and a deafening amount of MadBum snotrockets to feel right again.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, April 8, 2017 on the road vs. the San Diego Padres:

  • L, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 4 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 2 other. 2 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner had 1 snotrocket in each of the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 8th innings.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 13 snotrockets in the 2017 season.

Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game, only gave up 2 runs and still got the loss. This makes me sad. What makes me happy? Snotrockets. Bumgarner snotrockets. Bumgarner snotrocket screencaps. Preeminent snotrocket screencapper @SanDiegoGiants provided us with great snotrocket screencappage tonight. Even though there wasn’t a large amount of SNRs tonight Bumgarner still got the game off to a good start with a fine snotrocket in the bottom of the 1st:

 

By the way, the above was a double snotrocket in fact. Skeptical? Need proof? See for yourself:

 

Shy snotrocket from the 3rd inning:

 

An excellent snarling snotrocket from the 6th inning:

 

Fresh out of the dugout snotrocket in the 8th:

 

So with tonight’s loss the Giants are 1-5 to start off the season. After the game someone asked Bumgarner about optimism:

 

Attaboy Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner’s next start should be Thursday, April 13, 2017 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

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Death Of A Mascot

Madison Bumgarner doesn’t pitch for two more days but this happened just now and it’s too good to wait until then:

 

R.I.P. Baxter. You will probably be missed.

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