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.

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