Snotrocket Conspiracy Theory

 

Every time Madison Bumgarner pitches and the cameras are focused on anything but him out on the mound I immediately think, “Aha! They’re repulsed by the snotrockets and want to show as few of them as possible so they’re deliberately avoiding Bumgarner as much as possible. SNOTROCKET CONSPIRACY!”

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Oh sure, it may sound ridiculous but how else to explain that during each of his last two starts Bumgarner didn’t blow a snotrocket until over an hour into the game? First his start vs. the Marlins (first snotrocket in the 5th inning) and then his latest start vs. the Pirates (first snotrocket in the 4th). The cameras would show Bumgarner throwing a pitch and then immediately cut to a close-up of the batter, the on-deck hitter, someone in either dugout, another of the on-deck hitter, more of the batter and so on and so forth until it was time for Bumgarner to throw another pitch. Then the same thing all over again. And again. And again. It’s like they sensed Bumgarner might let one rip and they wanted to hurry away from him before he did. Very suspicious.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Friday, August 23, 2013 at home vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • L, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 10 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 7 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 double and 1 at-bat SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 8th in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner now has 276 snotrockets in 2013.

It’s always nice when people on Twitter take note of your efforts:

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Bumgarner’s next start should be Wednesday, August 28 on the road vs. the Colorado Rockies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action. I’ll be watching with my tin foil snotrocket hat on.

Fish, Snotrockets and Bad Baseball Camerawork

 

Indoor baseball. Another San Francisco Giants loss. Few snotrockets. It’s all bad.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Sunday, August 18, 2013 on the road vs. the Miami Marlins:

  • ND, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB (1 IBB), 3 K, 1 HR, 3 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 0 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 5th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarners’s total of 3 SNR (snotrockets) ties his outing on 07/06/13 (vs Dodgers) for fewest SNR in 2013.
  • Bumgarner now has 19 snotrockets that were blown while pitching indoors (closed roof) in 2013 (3 games).

Even more disturbing than the loss incurred by the Giants was the fact that Bumgarner didn’t blow a snotrocket until the 5th inning, and the 3 SNR he blew in that inning were the only snotrockets he blew in the entire game.

I mostly attribute this to the staid camerawork in Sunday’s game. The cameras in Marlins Park focused almost entirely on the batters and very seldom had Bumgarner in their sights.  I’ve noticed this same thing happening whenever a Giants game airs on Fox or ESPN. The baseball camerawork for both of those networks is very formulaic and unimaginative. It’s all batter, batter, batter and once in a while they’ll show the pitcher for about 3 seconds.

Of course, at the other end is the godawful camerawork one sees in the Giants games that air on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. CSNBA’s cameras seem to be focused more on the people in the stands and in the boats out in McCovey Cove than on the game itself. It doesn’t matter if the Giants are in 1st place by 10 games or dead last in the standings, if the game is an excitingly close one or a snoozer, the CSNBA camera guys will practically wet their pants with excitement over someone’s grandma wearing a baseball cap or a little kid holding up a homemade sign or some hipsters dancing on the deck of a boat out in the cove. They’ll cut to shot after shot after shot of all those things and many more, ad nauseum, to the detriment of the game itself. A Giants game on CSNBA is less about baseball and more about the people who inhabit the stands and the boats that cruise the waters outside of it.

Madison Bumgarner’s next outing should be Friday, August 23, 2013 at home vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action. That is, if CSNBA’s cameras can manage to break away from the thousands of “gamer babes”, kids waving to the cameras and boats sailing past the ballpark. There’s a game on, CSNBA. How about showing it?

Rain-Shortened Snotrockets

 

A rain delay that lasted for more than an hour cut short Madison Bumgarner’s outing on Tuesday against the Nats. Snotrocketus interruptus.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, August 13, 2013 on the road vs. the Washington Nationals:

 

  • ND, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 2 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 4th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner now has 22 snotrockets vs. the Nationals in 2013.

Bumgarner’s next start should be this Sunday, August 18 on the road vs. the Miami Marlins. See you here or on Twitter  for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Snotrockets Are All We Have Left

 

Madison Bumgarner keeps pitching great. The San Francisco Giants keep playing badly. That is all.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics from Wednesday, August 8, 2013 at home vs. the Milwaukee Brewers:

  • L, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 13 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 7 vs. righties, 5 other. 1 pre-game, 1 at-bat, 3 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 3rd in which he blew 4 snotrockets.

Don’t be fooled by Bumgarner getting tagged with the loss. He didn’t deserve it. The Giants could only manage 3 hits and 1 run. Combine that with some lousy defense and you get a great Bumgarner outing marred by the rest of the team’s ineptitude. Bumgarner deserved better. Giants fans do, too.

On to happier things. How about some snotrocket screencaps? Sure to cheer up even the most despondent Giants fan.  During last night’s game @SanDiegoGiants provided some good ones of Bumgarner in action:

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It was worth sitting through last night’s debacle, just for those snotrocket beauties.

Bumgarner’s next outing should be next Tuesday, August 13 at home vs. the Washington Nationals. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Snotrocketing on The Devil Rays

 

I know they’re not called the Devil Rays anymore. I just like that name better.

You know the drill: I start off another Madison Bumgarner blog post by saying how well Madison Bumgarner pitched. This time is no different. Bumgarner had another great game. In other shocking news, he also blew some snotrockets.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Friday, August 2, 2013 on the road vs. the Tampa Bay Devil Rays:

  • W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 0 HR, 10 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 3 vs. righties, 7 other. 2 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 1st in which he blew 3 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner has now blown 23 interleague snotrockets in 2013 (1 other 2013 interleague start: 13 SNR vs. A’s 5/27/13).
  • Madison Bumgarner has now blown 16 indoor SNR (snotrockets) in 2013 (1 other closed roof start: 6 SNR vs. DBacks 6/8/13).

Joe West was umpiring at first base in this game and to the surprise of absolutely no one made yet another horrible call.  West said that Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt came off the bag too soon and thus didn’t record an out at 1st. Of course replays showed that West was wrong. The only reason I’m bringing this up is because it resulted in the following Bumgarner-related  exchange on Twitter:

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Have I mentioned before how much I enjoy Twitter? Before I joined (August 2010) I used to sneer at the site because I thought it was nothing more than people posting updates on what they had for lunch. Once I joined however, and starting following other Giants fans I found out how much fun it could be (see above screencap). Informative too: the Giants beat writers often will tweet up-to-the-minute info on things they’re seeing and hearing during the game, including photos. Some of the players will too, after the game of course. So if you haven’t already done so already come join the party on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.

Bumgarner’s next start should be Wednesday, August 7 at home vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.