Madison Bumgarner pitched the second game of an Arizona Diamondbacks doubleheader this past Sunday and owing to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s reign of terror both games were set to only go 7 innings each instead of the regular and sane 9. This Manfred-induced abomination was made even worse by the fact that Madison Bumgarner pitched a beauty of a game: he went the full 7 (sigh) giving up no hits. He also blew a lot of snotrockets but we’ll get to that in a moment. So Bumgarner threw a no-hitter yesterday in the eyes of everyone but Major League Baseball; they refused to credit Madison with a no-no because MLB is a mess these days. A 7 inning doubleheader game is considered an official game but a 7 inning doubleheader game in which a pitcher gives up no hits is not considered an official no-hitter. How does that make sense?
Madison Bumgarner threw a no-hitter yesterday. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. He also once again for the 4th time in 5 starts reached double digits in snotrockets so we have two things to celebrate.
Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Sunday, April 25, 2021 on the road vs. the Atlanta Braves:
- W, 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 12 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 9 vs. righties, 3 other. 2 glove SNR. 1 double SNR.
- Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 3rd and 6th in which he blew 4 snotrockets per inning.
- Madison Bumgarner now with 50 snotrockets in the 2021 season.
There was some confusion as to the nature of one of yesterday’s snotrockets. At first glance one of them looked to be a thumb snotrocket which would be highly unusual for Bumgarner. A thumb snotrocket is one where the thumb is used instead of the forefinger to expel the mucus. Offhand I can’t think of the last time Bumgarner used his thumb or if he has ever used it. Some people might let it go one way or the other, thumb snotrocket, not a thumb snotrocket but I’m a professional snotrocket tallier so I had to make sure:
The snotrocket in question:
I mean, clearly it’s a regular snotrocket and not the more exotic thumb snotrocket but again I had to make sure.
Other snotrockets in the game were less controversial. Here’s a classic snotrocket from the 3rd inning:
Glove snotrocket also from the 3rd:
The 3rd inning was a popular one for snotrockets. Here’s one where the Diamondbacks broadcast tried to cut away with a graphic but Madison snuck in a snotrocket before they could complete it:
6th inning glove snotrocket:
Another from the 6th inning:
A nice clear well lit snotrocket:
The 7th inning saw a Bumgarner classic, the double snotrocket. First the left nostril as seen from a distance:
Bumgarner tried to be sneaky and turn away from the camera to shoot the right side of his double snotrocket but you can’t hide from me, Madison:
One final snotrocket of the game:
After Bumgarner got the final out of his no-hitter his teammates congratulated him:
When Bumgarner was on the Giants he was the frequent recipient of that most famous of embraces, The Buster Hug™. Madison has moved on to Arizona but he left his heart in San Francisco:
Madison Bumgarner’s next start will probably be Saturday, May 1, 2021 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action.