Of Rhubarbs And Snotrockets

Madison Bumgarner had another good outing today. So what else is new? Well, a fight for one thing. Okay, so there wasn’t any actual fighting but the benches did clear, players were held back (it took 4 people to restrain Bumgarner, he’s a big ‘un) and all in all it was pretty entertaining. Oh yeah the Giants also won the game, taking 2 of 3 from the Padres. Suck it Pads.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at home vs. the San Diego Padres:

  • W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 4 BB (1 IBB), 2 R, 2 ER, 8 K, 2 HR, 13 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. lefties, 5 vs. righties, 6 other. 1 pre-game, 1 at-bat, 1 fight.
  • Madison Bumgarner blew 2 snotrockets in every inning he pitched today except for the 3rd (1).
  • Other Madison Bumgarner snotrocket notes: Bumgarner blew 1 snotrocket during the 2nd inning rhubarb.

More about the rhubarb (or as Giants radio broadcaster Jon Miller called it, “scrum”): It happened in the second inning. Padres 1st baseman Jesus Guzman was at bat and Bumgarner threw behind him. None of the Giants would admit it after the game but to most it was obvious that Bumgarner purposely threw behind him  because of the way Guzman hotdogged his way to 1st base after hitting a home run in last night’s game. After the pitch Guzman, at home plate, gestured towards Bumgarner with his bat and started walking towards the pitcher’s mound. Bumgarner immediately came off the mound and started walking towards Guzman, gesturing with both arms as if to say, “C’mon, come on, let’s go!” An angry Bumgarner is a joy to see. There’s video of what happened but unfortunately WordPress doesn’t allow embedding of mlb.com videos (not on free accounts anyway) so I can’t post it here. Click on this link to see it.


That was pretty much it for the “fight”. No real action except for some jawing, some gesturing and did you catch Bumgarner’s snotrocket in the middle of it? A first: the rhubarb snotrocket.

I liked that Bumgarner retaliated for Guzman’s actions the night before. And he did it the right way too, staying away from the batter’s head and instead aiming low, near his butt and behind him. Gives a message, shows the batter who’s the boss but doesn’t put anyone in any real danger of injury. Attaboy Bumgarner.

Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be next Monday, June 24 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (yuck hiss boo). See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Oh yes one more thing: fuck you Jesus Guzman.

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