Raging Snotrockets

 

We had Giants. We had furious Madison Bumgarner. We had eight year old snotrockets. Can you feel the excitement?

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Monday, August 9, 2010 at home vs. the Chicago Cubs:

 

  • ND, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB (1 IBB), 3 K, 12 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 7 vs. righties, 5 other. 1 mound visit SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st and the 4th in which he blew 3 snotrockets per inning.
  • Madison Bumgarner blew at least 1 snotrocket in every inning that he pitched (5.2 IP).
  • Bumgarner through 9 starts in 2010 had 99 snotrockets.

 

It was a pretty good game snotrocket-wise for Mr. Bumgarner. He hit double digits back on that August 2010 night. He doesn’t reach that kind of lofty number often these days so it was fun seeing so much mucus fly. I’m going to go out of sequence and post a nice, classic profile snotrocket screencap which came in the 5th inning:

 

Not bad huh? It was one of the better ones of the night. But let’s get back to the snotrockets in chronological order. Keys To The Game snotrocket before Bumgarner threw his first pitch:

 

That was followed within seconds by snotrocket #2:

 

I was only able to catch a tiny glimpse of this snotrocket from the 4th inning:

 

A  fuzzy centerfield camera snotrocket also from the 4th inning:

 

Here’s a nice nose bender snotrocket after Bumgarner finished the top of the 4th:

 

A rare mound visit snotrocket from the 5th inning. Bumgarner’s nose is blocked from view by pitching coach Dave Righetti’s head but trust me there was mucus flying:

 

Another partially obstructed view snotrocket, also from the 6th inning:

 

As you can tell from that mound visit by his pitching coach and teammates Madison Bumgarner got into a bit of trouble in the 6th inning. At one point Bumgarner gave up a go ahead run to the Cubs and he was not happy about it:

 

Really, really not happy about it:

 

Furious nose wipe:

 

Still angry even in the dugout:

 

Everything turned out all right though in the end because the Giants came back and scored a couple of runs for the win. A dog that was at the ballpark that night was overcome with emotion:

 

Bonus screencaps – it was Jerry Garcia Night at AT&T Park back on 08/09/2010 so Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper dressed for the occasion:

 

Former NBA star Bill Walton is a huge Grateful Dead fan so of course he was in attendance at the game:

 

Mr. Walton is always a fun guest in the TV booth during a Giants game but appearances like his do not make my job any easier:

 

Fans in attendance that night got this nice Jerry Garcia bobblehead:

 

Presented without comment:

 

The next stop on the Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour will be a day game at home vs. the San Diego Padres. I’ll probably live tweet that one when I watch it so see you on Twitter and of course here too for all the exciting antiquated snotrocket action.

Bumgarner The Race Horse

 

Madison Bumgarner has had many fine accomplishments in his career so far. Three World Series rings, an award for Most Valuable Player in the 2014 National League Championship Series, another MVP award for the 2014 World Series and the admiration and respect of baseball fans everywhere. All very impressive, well deserved and hard earned. The rings and trophies and high esteem are nice but what could be better than to have a horse named after you?

 

It’s true. There’s an Australian racehorse named Bumgarner. I had no idea that this tribute to Madison Bumgarner’s excellence existed until one day in May 2017 I got this tweet from @smwills140, a Giants fan that lives Down Under:

 

This was approximately one week after Bumgarner was injured in a dirt bike accident so of course I had questions:

 

But it didn’t happen that day:

 

However, five days later:

 

Beautiful horse even though he wore Dodger blue (ew). Love the description in the caption – “…was just too strong after enjoying a good run. Looks to be a nice type in the making”:

 

Bumgarner the Horse did his best but ended up finishing last. He also had some problems respiratory-wise. Good Giants and Bumgarner fan @smwills140 had the solution:

 

By the way, in case you were skeptical that Bumgarner the Horse was really named after Bumgarner the Man then here’s verification from his trainer @henrydwyer, obtained by another good international Giants fan, @jrwyke:

 

Mr. Dwyer’s reply was a link to Madison Bumgarner’s Wikipedia page:

 

So there you have it, not straight from the horse’s mouth but from the horse’s trainer, that Bumgarner the Horse was named after one of the World Series’ pitching greats. But back to the race. Bumgarner the Horse was examined after making those respiratory noises and more bad news:

 

Giants fans were disappointed but not surprised by the latest Bumgarner the Horse news, given what happened to the horse’s namesake:

 

Other news:

 

Bumgarner the Horse was out of action for several months, recuperating and presumably still not blowing snotrockets. Then one day in November 2017:

 

Bumgarner the Horse did better in that race, finishing in 3rd place:

 

He’s had three more races since then, finishing in 4th place, 6th place (day before Christmas):

 

and 5th place, respectively. By the way, not only did some of us Giants fans hear from Bumgarner the Horse’s trainer on Twitter we also heard from one of his owners as well:

 

A little more detail on how Bumgarner the Horse got his name:

 

Does Clayton Kershaw have a race horse named after him? I think not. Yet more proof of Madison Bumgarner’s superiority over his Dodger rival. Take that, Clayton.

You can view Bumgarner the Horse’s racing form here. It has a list of all the races he’s run in, including trials, and also some biographical info like the names of his parents (Wanted and Kristeva), his birth date (August 24, 2013) and and also his owners. If you sign up for membership at racing.com (it’s free) you can also watch clips from his races as well. But if you don’t want to sign up for membership you can see the end of Bumgarner the Horse’s first race when he finished in 1st place on Twitter. I’m not a racing fan but I have to admit it’s neat hearing Bumgarner’s name being called in a horse race.

Here’s hoping Bumgarner the Horse will stay healthy and be successful in all of his races from here on out. The same goes for Bumgarner the Man. I’m also hoping that Madison Bumgarner finds out there’s a racehorse with his name. I’d love to see his reaction. After all, as we all know Mr. Bumgarner has a thing for horses:

 

The next blog post will be another stop on the vintage Bumgarner snotrocket tour but I’ll do my best to post future race info here on any future Bumgarner the Horse news. The best way to stay up to date on both snotrocket and horse news is to follow me on Twitter. See you there for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket and equestrian action.

UPDATE (01/27/2018): I found out this morning that Bumgarner the Horse has been put up for sale. You can view all pertinent selling information at this link: https://inglisdigital.com/lot/541.26.htm

The bidding ends in three days. If you’re a Giants fan and you have the money and room for a horse then what could be better than to own a Bumgarner of your very own? Or if anyone reading this knows how to get in touch with Madison Bumgarner (the human) then please let him know that there’s a race horse named after him and he has a chance to buy his namesake. Thanks a lot and thanks for reading.

Update update: Bumgarner the Horse was sold to a Mr. Craig Handley of Lohan Equine. I had concerns:

Short Term Snotrockets

 

I watched one 2010 Madison Bumgarner start yesterday, a game against the Marlins, but it wasn’t enough:

 

Thus:

 

However:

 

Ah well, some days are better snotrocket-wise than others.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, August 4, 2010 on the road vs. the Colorado Rockies:

 

  • L, 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 6 SNR (snotrockets): 4 vs. lefties, 1 vs. righties, 1 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 5th in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner through 8 starts in 2010 had 87 snotrockets.

 

Even though Bumgarner only went 4 innings he did blow 6 snotrockets so the game wasn’t a total loss. I was only able to get one fairly decent screencap of a snotrocket though:

 

The other snotrockets were all too fuzzy to screencap. I did manage to capture a Pat Burrell pinkie nose pick:

 

And it was nice to see a little bit of the Humm Baby himself, former Giants manager Roger Craig, in this broadcast:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start after this one was a night game at home vs. the Chicago Cubs. Maybe the game being at night will change the look of the snotrockets and make them less fuzzy-appearing. Game under the lights = sharper snotrocket screencaps? Check back at this blog next week or follow me on Twitter to find out. See you here or there for all the exciting Madison Bumgarner vintage snotrocket action.

Fossilized Snotrockets

 

Another stop on the Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour, this time at a home game in San Francisco in late July 2010. Bumgarner pitched pretty well but received just his third loss of the season as his teammates couldn’t come up with any runs for him. Bumgarner didn’t take it personally, at least not snotrocket-wise, accumulating a nice little amount of snotrockets for this outing.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Thursday, July 29, 2010 at home vs. the Florida Marlins:

 

  • L, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 IBB, 5 K, 8 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. L, 4 vs. R, 2 other. 1 pre-game SNR. 1 double blow SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 1st in which he blew 5 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner through 7 starts in 2010 had 81 snotrockets.

 

All of these old MLB games are hit and miss when it comes to screencapping snotrockets. The video quality is weirdly bad at times, resulting in fuzzy, distorted snotrockets. Sometimes though you get a nice sharp clear one out of the blue. This game was not one of those times. I only saw about three snotrockets out of the eight that Bumgarner blew that day that were worth screencapping and even those three are on the fuzzy side. But here they are in chronological order of appearance. Fuzzy pre-game snotrocket from the 1st inning:

 

Fuzzy snotrocket screencap #2 is also from the 1st inning:

 

And a third fuzz-coated snotrocket screencap from the 4th inning. Bumgarner’s nose looks Jughead-esque in this one:

 

Marlins lineup for this game. Note some guy named Mike Stanton batting 7th:

 

Giants defensively for this game:

 

Since it was a home game for the Giants we got these two dapper gentlemen in the TV booth:

 

At one point they showed Will Clark walking around outside the ballpark:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start after this one was against the Rockies in Colorado. High altitude snotrockets, nice. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner vintage snotrockets.

Catching Snotrockets

 

The 2010 Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour continues, this time making a stop in Arizona. The San Francisco Giants were in Phoenix in late July and Bumgarner was on the mound, pitching balls and blowing snotrockets. What more could we ask for? Well, more snotrockets I guess but beggars can’t be choosers. We Bumgarner snotrocket enthusiasts have to take whatever amount of mucus that Madison decides to dish out.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, July 24, 2010 on the road vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

  • W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 3 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. L, 0 vs. R, 1 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 3rd in which he blew 2 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner through 6 starts in 2010 had 73 snotrockets.

 

Not very many snotrockets but at least there were some of which only one was closeup enough to get a good screencap (the other two were from a fuzzy centerfield camera angle):

 

It was a shy snotrocket with Bumgarner turning politely away from home plate to blow some mucus. What a gentleman.

Bumgarner’s pitching stats going into this 2010 game:

 

The rest of the game yielded no good snotrocket screencapping opportunities but because Joe Garagiola was broadcasting for the Diamondbacks it was still worth watching because he was fun to listen to, especially when talking about Buster Posey:

 

Retired catcher Garagiola also admired Posey’s catching gear:

 

Joe Garagiola also talked about his favorite catcher, Ernie Lombardi:

 

Shot of Garagiola in the Arizona booth talking about what else, catching:

 

In the background on the TV monitor is a shot of Garagiola’s old mended catcher’s mitt. A closeup:

 

Garagiola also discussed left-handed catchers, wondering why there had been so few of them in Major League Baseball. He thought they would have an advantage over right-handers, having a clearer path to throwing over to 1st base or something like that:

 

At one point Garagiola expressed some concern over Giants relief pitcher Denny Bautista’s physical condition:

 

A bit of snotrocket confusion in the game:

 

The roof turned out to be closed after all so they were indoor snotrockets. Hey, maybe that’s why there were so few of them. Mr. Bumgarner was simply too polite to blow much mucus while indoors. Or maybe the roof being closed affected the climate inside the ballpark thus having a detrimental effect on the amound of snot Bumgarner’s nasal system could produce. Something to think about.

Madison Bumgarner’s next 2010 start after this one was a home game vs. the Florida Marlins. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting classic Bumgarner snotrocket action.

Full Of Beans And Snotrockets

 

My quest to tally every Madison Bumgarner snotrocket seen on camera continues, this time taking me back to a 2010 midsummer game at Dodger Stadium (ew).

It’s been bittersweet watching these old Giants games. On one hand it’s fun to see players like Bumgarner and Buster Posey when they were so young and new to the big leagues because we know what greatness lies ahead for them. On the other hand I watch these games realizing that time is passing, too quickly, and one (hopefully far, far in the future) day I’ll have to say so long to them as I’ve done to so many other players. I try not to think about depressing things too much so I’m just going to move on and talk about happier things like the snotrockets.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Monday, July 19, 2010 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (ew):

 

  • W, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 8 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 4 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 6th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner through 5 starts had 70 snotrockets in the 2010 season.

 

So a lot of things happened in this game but before I get to any of it I couldn’t wait to share with the world what has already become one of my all time favorite Madison Bumgarner double snotrockets. Take a look at this:

 

Just look at that nose action. The wrinkling! The twisting! Truly a thing of beauty. And that was just the left nostril. We still have the right side coming up:

 

Man, have I missed these. The off-season is just too long. I can’t wait for Spring Training, can you?

Anyway, back to this game. When I watch these old games I don’t get to choose which broadcasting team to listen to; MLB goes with the home team for each game. Since the Giants were on the road in Los Angeles the Dodgers broadcast was used. Normally I’d be upset at missing the Giants home boys Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper but because this was a 2010 game in L.A. that meant Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was in the TV booth which was always a treat. Scully (who retired in 2016) was fun to listen to when calling a game. He always had lots of stories about past baseball stars as well as amazing amounts of trivia about the current players in the game. And not just about his own Dodgers but info on the opposing team as well. For instance, in this game I noticed that Scully was full of praise for Giants batterymates Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey:

And:

 

Some Madison Bumgarner trivia from Mr. Scully:

 

Yikes, imagine if this had happened:

 

They just don’t make ’em like Vin Scully anymore:

 

In his early days of pitching for the Giants Bumgarner used to pause for a quiet moment before throwing his first pitch. He doesn’t do that anymore and I sort of miss that:

 

Single snotrocket from the 5th inning:

 

Another solo nasal shot, this one from the 6th inning:

 

The 6th inning saw Bumgarner get into a bit of trouble but was he worried? I think not:

 

His manager Bruce Bochy worried a little though, and pulled him from the game that same inning. Guillermo Mota came on in relief of Bumgarner and the baby-faced Madison stayed in the dugout to watch:

 

Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt followed Mota into the game and finally the Giants then-closer Brian Wilson entered the game in the bottom of the 9th. Wilson got into all kinds of trouble trying to close out the game but he was fiercely determined to save it for Bumgarner:

 

Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain watched on from the dugout, confident that their teammate would succeed:

 

And he did.

 

Wait, one more before we go. Sorry Clayton but I couldn’t resist:

 

That was fun, wasn’t it? Next up on the Madison Bumgarner Vintage Snotrocket Tour is a July 24, 2010 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Be sure to come back here or visit me on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action.

Best of 2017 Snotrocket Screencaps

 

2017 was a short season for Madison Bumgarner but we weren’t short on snotrockets. Okay, we had fewer snotrockets because we had fewer Bumgarner starts but you get what I mean. There were snotrockets. They were real. They existed. Briefly, and there weren’t a whole lot of them, but they were seen and many of them were captured by that ace snotrocket screencapping duo @SanDiegoGiants and @iamjerklord. Much thanks go to them because as I’ve mentioned before this blog would just be some snotrocket stats and not much else without their screencaps. The following are examples of their finely honed craft as seen on Twitter last season.

From Mr. Bumgarner’s historic game on Opening Day we have this shy snotrocket:

 

From the same game, with a note and commentary on Bumgarner’s superlative achievement that afternoon:

 

Even though the Giants would end up losing Bumgarner’s fabulous start we fans still had reason to be happy:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s second start was in San Diego and he gave the Padres what for and also some mucus in double shot form:

 

Classically fierce Bumgarner snotrocket from the same game:

 

Half in and half out of the dugout snotrocket from the same game. Also take note of that awesome hits total and run support that Bumgarner’s teammates provided him that day (and for most of the season too):

 

Madison Bumgarner’s third start of the season was in Kansas City against the Royals, their first matchup since Bumgarner showed everyone back in 2014 that his name belonged on a list of the greatest World Series pitchers ever. Scoreless snotrocket from the 4th inning:

 

Interleague loogie:

 

The July 25th game saw a snotrocket vs. the Pirates, followed by an exciting afterwipe:

 

Also from the same game a thrilling at-bat snotrocket:

 

That day we saw the creation of an entirely new kind of dessert:

 

Everyone’s favorite, the double snotrocket, from a July 30th game against the Los Angeles Dodgers (ew). First to be expressed is the left nostril:

 

Followed by the right nostril:

 

The last weekend in August saw the first Player’s Weekend in Major League Baseball. Players from all thirty MLB teams wore different colored uniforms all weekend and had the opportunity to choose a nickname to go on the back of their jerseys, instead of their last name. I don’t know who designed the Giants uniforms but let’s just say I’m glad they were only temporary. Orange sherbet snotrocket from the August 26th game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

For the nickname on the back of his jersey Bumgarner played it safe:

 

 

Please take note of the important distinction:

 

Just when you think you’ve seen every kind of snotrocket that Madison Bumgarner has blown he comes up with a new one. From the September 3 game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals behold – the (glove) pocket snotrocket:

 

We were all so excited to see the birth of a new kind of snotrocket that no one was quite sure what to call it:

 

An at-home snotrocket from a September 16th game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

Madison Bumgarner’s last start of the 2017 season was a victory for both the team and snotrocket fans everywhere. Here’s a double snotrocket on September 23rd vs. the Dodgers (ew). First the left nostril:

 

Followed by the right nostril:

 

Snotrocket gif from the same game:

 

That last gif caused some initial confusion but fortunately I had the proper volume to consult for a ruling:

 

So we (finally) close the book on another season of Madison Bumgarner’s snotrockets. Now we can start counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training and more importantly counting down the days until we see our first 2018 Opening Day snotrockets. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action. I can hardly wait! Can you?