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.

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