With the San Francisco Giants playing the Oakland Athletics this weekend it gave me the chance to view the game from a different angle. The games have been broadcast locally (Bay Area) on two Comcast Sports Net Bay Area channels, one with the Giants broadcasters and one with the A’s broadcasters. Last night I watched the A’s channel for comparison and I was pleased to see a distinct lack of crowd shots. Oh sure there were a few times when the A’s TV director cut away from the game to the fans in the stands but it never even came anywhere close to the ad nauseum total of crowd shots that the Giants produce every game. How refreshing: a baseball broadcasting team that’s more interested in the game than in the fans. It was great to watch.
But with Madison Bumgarner pitching today this unofficial Mad Bum snotrocket tallier had to switch back to the Giants broadcast for continuity reasons. What a jarring return to reality. The game was of course overloaded with crowd shots: every person wearing a championship foam ring hat, every boat in McCovey Cove, every bride with her bridesmaids, et cetera et cetera et cetera, and so on and so forth blah blah blah WHO CARES JUST SHOW THE GAME. The Giants awful TV director even cut away from the game to show his sister sitting in the stands. Twice. For God’s sakes. His middle-aged sister. WHO CARES JUST SHOW THE GAME.
[deep breath and exhale]
Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, July 25, 2015 at home vs. the Oakland Athletics:
- W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 13 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 6 other. 3 double SNR. 2 at-bat SNR. 1 dugout SNR.
- Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 3rd in which he blew 5 snotrockets.
- Bumgarner now with 148 snotrockets in the 2015 season.
Like a true professional @SanDiegoGiants kept his screencapping machine focused solely on Bumgarner and grabbed some great snotrocket screencaps. Here’s an at-bat snotrocket from the 3rd inning:
Another at-bat snotrocket, also in the 3rd inning:
Back on the mound snotrocket in the 4th inning:
A nice clear closeup bearded snotrocket, also in the 4th inning:
Another closeup snotrocket from the 7th inning:
And one last snotrocket from a mystery inning:
Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be on Friday, July 31, 2015 on the road vs. the Texas Rangers. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.
Madison Bumgarner had few snotrockets in today’s game and for that you can either blame the fact that he was indoors (closed roof at Chase Field) or the more likely culprit: the fan-in-the-stands camerawork still employed by the San Francisco Giants when games are aired on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area (CSNBA). Time and time again the cameras cut away from the action on the diamond to capture such stunning scenes as an ice cream sundae being made or a family waving at the camera or a guy wearing a hat with two dolls on it. For all we know Bumgarner could have been firing out the snotrockets at warp speed but you’d be hard pressed to see them with the cameras not focused on the field but instead on a guy in the stands holding his sleeping kid. Oh yes, that’s why I tuned in: not to see a baseball game but to see random people in the stands eating, drinking and waving bye bye.
Seriously though, even if Bumgarner weren’t pitching I’d still be upset. Shot after shot after shot of some fan in the stands or a boat in the water instead of the action on the field. It doesn’t help that the Giants broadcasters seem to really like these fan shots and make much about them. I like Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper when they talk about the game but when they start in about some guy wearing a silly hat I cringe. It really seems to go on too long. Brevity sirs, please and thank you.
Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Sunday, July 19, 2015 on the road vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:
- W, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 4 vs. rightie, 1 other. 1 double SNR. 1 glove SNR.
- Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 2nd and 3rd in which he blew 2 snotrockets per inning.
- Bumgarner now with 135 snotrockets so far in the 2015 season.
Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at home vs. the Oakland Athletics. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.
There weren’t any.
See you here or on Twitter for Bumgarner’s next start and all the exciting snotrocket action.
Finally. Finally the San Francisco Giants deigned to score some runs for their ace starter Madison Bumgarner and provide him with an easy victory. The Giants scored more runs (15) than Bumgarner blew snotrockets (11). A remarkable achievement.
Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Friday, July 10, 2015 at home vs. the Philadelphia Phillies:
- W, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 11 SNR (snotrockets): 3. vs. lefties, 5 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 double SNR. 1 at-bat SNR. 1 gloved SNR.
- Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st, 2nd and 6th in which he blew 3 snotrockets per inning.
- Bumgarner now with 130 snotrockets in the 2015 season.
Last night on Twitter @SanDiegoGiants went the extra mile and got some fine Bumgarner snotrocket screencaps and then some. Here’s one from the 2nd inning:
In the 4th inning Bumgarner trolled his fans with a snotrocketless nose rub:
Also in the 4th inning we witnessed Madison Bumgarner attempting to pass on his snotrocketing skills to 1st base coach Billy Hayes but Hayes had some trouble:
By the 5th inning Bumgarner had given up on snotrocket teaching and went back to snotrocket blowing:
A “hey they scored 10 runs in one of my starts” snotrocket:
Bonus pic: A Bumgarner crotch grab:
Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be…??? The MLB All Star Game is Tuesday. Bumgarner is an All Star and could pitch in Tuesday’s game. If he does then in all likelihood his next start might be Sunday, July 19, 2015 at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. If he doesn’t pitch in the All Star Game then Bumgarner’s next start might be Friday, July 17 against the DBacks. Or just for the hell of it he could start the Saturday, July 18 game against those same snakes. Who knows. Whenever he pitches next I’ll see you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.
Happy 4th of July. Happy Snotrocket Day. Happy Another San Francisco Giants Loss. Boo on that last one.
Before I get to today’s Madison Bumgarner outing I must post the snotrocket totals from the previous Madison Bumgarner outing because once again sheer laziness won out over snotrocket blog diligence. So here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics from Sunday, June 28, 2015 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies:
- W, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 5 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 3 vs. righties, 2 other. 1 double SNR.
- Madison Bumgarner now with 116 snotrockets so far in 2015.
And now for today’s outing. Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, July 4, 2015 on the road vs. the Washington Nationals:
- L, 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 3 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. lefties, 0 vs. righties, 1 other. 1 double SNR. 1 double blow SNR.
- Madison Bumgarner year snotrocket totals by July 4:
- 2015: 119
- 2014: 227
- 2013: 203
- 2012: 196
While I’m writing this the Giants are still playing today’s game; they’re in the top of the 8th inning losing 9-1 so it’s pretty safe to say they’ll lose their 5th game in a row on this nightmarish road trip. @SanDiegoGiants was so offended by the Giants poor showing in today’s game and road trip overall that he could only muster up enough enthusiasm for one lone snotrocket pic:
Madison Bumgarner’s next outing should be Friday, July 10, 2015 at home vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.