What can you say about Madison Bumgarner that hasn’t already been said? All the superlatives in the English language have been used. Legendary. Incredible. Beast. Thrilling. Impeccable:
Also: The Best. Stone-Cold Champ. Dominating. My personal favorite? Madison Bumgarner is a San Francisco Giant. That puts a thrill into my heart that no other turn of phrase could do half as well. I’m so happy and grateful that he’s a Giant. Plus…snotrockets!
Madison Bumgarner came into The World Series Game 7 in the bottom of the 5th inning, after Giants starter Tim Hudson went 1.2 innings and reliever Jeremy Affeldt pitched 2.1 innings. Most people expected Bumgarner to go a couple of innings and then probably Giants manager Bruce Bochy would bring in Sergio Romo for the 8th and closer Santiago Casilla for the 9th. Bumgarner had other ideas. After having pitched a brilliant complete game, 4 hit 0 walks shutout on Sunday Bumgarner came in to pitch 5 scoreless innings and get the save on only two days rest. Is he human? Is he part man, part machine? These questions will baffle baseball fans and writers for days and weeks to come.
Now let’s get on to more important business. Relief appearance snotrockets! Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, October 30, 2014 on the road vs. the Kansas City Royals:
- S, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 7 SNR (snotrockets): 3 vs. lefties, 4 vs. righties, 0 other. 2 double SNR. 1 double blow SNR.
- Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 5th and the 9th in which he blew 2 snotrockets per inning.
- Bumgarner finishes with 56 snotrockets in the 2014 postseason and 393 snotrockets in the regular season.
On Twitter @SanDiegoGiants won the award for Most Valuable Snotrocket Screencapper, firing up his snotrocket screencapping machine at a moment’s notice and captured some fine Bumgarner snotrockets for posterity. Here’s one from the 5th inning:
Another snotrocket from the 5th:
A 6th inning snotrocket:
At exactly 7:58 PM in the 8th inning Bumgarner blew this snotrocket:
After the game Madison Bumgarner was awarded the World Series MVP trophy and then made an appearance with the World Series trophy out on the mound. Even though the game was over Bumgarner didn’t want it to end:
Here endeth the Madison Bumgarner snotrocket season. It was fun, wasn’t it? We got to see regular season snotrockets and postseason snotrockets. We are so blessed. See you here or on Twitter in 2015 for all the exciting snotrocket action.