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:
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.