Sometime early in the 2011 season I noticed that San Francisco Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner blows snotrockets. A lot of snotrockets. For those of you who don’t know what a snotrocket is: it’s when a person places a finger against one side of their nose, blocking off one nostril. They then proceed to blow hard out of the other nostril, violently expelling any amount of mucus. It’s not pretty but it’s effective.
Madison Bumgarner (or MadBum as he’s affectionately referred to by SF Giants fans) excels at the snotrocket business. He averaged approximately 8 snotrockets (or SNR) per 9 innings in 2011. Some people are grossed out at the sight of MadBum blowing a snotrocket or two out on the mound. Not me; I see it as part of his country boy charm. Since I usually find amusing what other people find disgusting I thought it would be fun to start counting how many snotrockets Bumgarner blew in a game. Every time I see Bumgarner blow a snotrocket in a televised game I note the time of the snotrocket as well as if it’s an at-bat, on-base, dugout or double SNR (double SNRs are when first one nostril is blown out of and then the other).
I should note that the SNRs that I tally are only the ones that are shown onscreen. If any SNRs occur while the camera are focused on anyone other than Bumgarner I am unable to count these towards his total SNR for that game. Unfortunately for me the director of the Giants TV broadcasts has an irritating fondness for training his cameras more on the action in the stands instead of what’s going on down on the field. So until the Giants make my dreams come true and provide a snotrocket cam for each one of Bumgarner’s starts it’s safe to assume that all MadBum SNR totals are approximate and not exact. I started posting Bumgarner’s SNR totals on Twitter in July 2011 and found out that several other Giants fans there found them fun to follow as well. Starting next season I’ll be tallying the SNRs from MadBum’s first start in 2012 to his last, first on Twitter and then here. So tune in at either site for all the Bumgarner snotrocket action you could possibly want.
Other Giants fans have noticed Bumgarner’s fondness for snotrockets. Some sportswriters have too, as well as Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper. As far as I know I’m the only one who actually tallies Bumgarner’s snotrockets. I see it as providing a previously unchronicled statistic in a sport already riddled with stats. You’re welcome.