Nice Free And Easy Snotrockets


While Madison Bumgarner rehabs his dirt bike-induced shoulder injury I continue on my quest to tally every Bumgarner snotrocket blown on camera during a game in which he makes an appearance. This quest took me back in time to a sunny day in mid July 2010 where Bumgarner did what he does best: pitch great and snotrocket even better.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Sunday, July 11, 2010 on the road vs. the Washington Nationals:


  • W, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 16 SNR (snotrockets): 3 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 7 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 3rd in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner through 4 starts had 62 snotrockets in the 2010 season.


As long as you don’t mind the fuzziness I’ve got some old snotrocket screencaps for your viewing pleasure. One Bumgarner snotrocket from the 2nd inning:


Another snotrocket from the same inning:


Same inning, different snotrocket, different angle:


Trust me there’s a snotrocket happening here. I saw it therefore it exists:


In the 4th inning Buster Posey paid a visit to the mound and Bumgarner rewarded him with a fuzzy snotrocket:


Nice free and easy snotrocket from the 5th inning:


This one is probably the best snotrocket screencap I could get from this game, in terms of sharpness and quality:


It’s been interesting to watch these old Bumgarner starts because I get to hear and see different broadcasters and coverage for some games. Because if the San Francisco Giants are on the road then their own broadcast isn’t used; instead MLB goes with that game’s home team coverage when they share the video from their archives. While I like the Giants broadcasters I also like to sometimes hear/watch other team’s coverage for comparison.

And what I’ve found so far is that other teams don’t show anywhere near the amount of fan shots that the Giants do. It always drives me crazy with how often the Giants home games on TV will cut away from the play on the field to show someone up in the stands eating something or wearing something that the director found far more fascinating than any action on the baseball diamond.

I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t tune into a game to watch multiple children eating various food items or all the different kinds of hats that fans at the game are wearing. I tune in to watch the game. And the snotrockets too of course. But they’re a part of the game, part of the action on the field so they count. Endless shots of large ships in the water, children with cotton candy and people wearing giraffe hats are not a part of the game. Enough already. Dial back on the extraneous crowd shots and focus more on the players, please Giants. Other teams are doing it. Won’t you too?

In addition to the different broadcasters and camera shots the graphics used during the game vary from team to team as well. I thought the multi-image use in this one screencap looked kind of funny and also kind of familiar too:




Madison Bumgarner’s next start after this one was against the Dodgers on July 19, 2010. The game was in Los Angeles so at least I get to hear Vin Scully’s coverage of the game which is always a good thing. I wonder if he’ll make mention of the snotrockets? Check back here or on Twitter to find that out and also to satisfy all your Madison Bumgarner snotrocket needs.

Victorious Snotrockets


Madison Bumgarner’s 4th MLB start was very important for several reasons. In that game Bumgarner got his first major league win, his first major league RBI and last but definitely not least he blew a copious amount of snotrockets. What a great game.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, July 6, 2010 on the road vs. the Milwaukee Brewers:


  • W, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 19 SNR: 8 vs. L, 5 vs. R, 6 other. 1 double SNR. 1 double blow SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 2nd in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 46 snotrockets in the 2010 season.


The first of many Bumgarner snotrockets on this important day:


Second snotrocket from the second inning:


Although they appear very similar please note that this snotrocket is completely different from the one directly above. If you look closely you’ll see that different fingers were used:


Long distance snotrockets are not as clear as the closeup ones but they’re still important as they contain both Madison Bumgarner and his mucus:


Back to the closeup snotrockets. Here’s a soft focus SNR from the 3rd inning:


A double snotrocket made an appearance in this July 2010 game. First we have the left nostril being expressed:


And then the right nostril:


Nice assertive finger action on this snotrocket from the 5th inning:


In the 7th inning Bumgarner was still shutting out the Brewers and still blowing snotrockets:


Quietly efficient snotrocket also from the 7th inning:


The 8th inning saw Mr. Bumgarner still pitching strong, still shutting out Milwaukee and still snotrocketing. This time it’s a double blow snotrocket, not to be confused with a double snotrocket. Double snotrockets are two separate and distinct snotrockets: the nose is pressed with a finger or thumb and snot is expelled first from one nostril and then the other. With a double blow snotrocket you (or Bumgarner) would press and blow mucus from the same nostril twice. Here’s one half of the double blow snotrocket:


And the second half:


Finally, even though it’s out of sequence I saved the best for last. Behold the first ever on camera Madison Bumgarner glove snotrocket (gloved finger is used for pressing and blowing):


Okay so it’s kind of hard to tell in that shot because Bumgarner has his back to us but trust me I watched this one multiple times to verify that it was indeed a glove snotrocket. This is extremely important because before I started rewatching Bumgarner’s old starts I thought that this game contained the ever first Madison Bumgarner on camera glove snotrocket. I’m so happy to find out that I was wrong and that Bumgarner was blowing glove snotrockets long before 2015.

Madison Bumgarner’s next start after this one in Milwaukee was on July 11, 2010 on the road vs. the Washington Nationals. When I re-watch that game I’ll probably live tweet it as well so join me on Twitter or here for all the exciting vintage Bumgarner snotrocket action.