2009 Snotrocket Totals


Madison Bumgarner made 4 appearances in 2009, the first year that he appeared in a big league game. He had 1 start and 3 relief appearances. In going back and rewatching these old Bumgarner starts from a snotrocket angle it was fun to see that in his rookie year Bumgarner was snotrocketing even then. Consistently awesome is Madison Bumgarner.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s 2009 snotrocket totals:


  • Total: 11 SNR
  • Day: 1
  • Night: 10
  • Home: 7
  • Road: 4
  • vs. L: 0
  • vs. R: 0
  • Other: 11
  • Pre-game: 1
  • At-bat: 2
  • Dugout: 1
  • Double: 1
  • Starts: 7 (1 start)
  • Relief: 4 (3 relief appearances)
  • vs. National League: 11
  • vs. NL West: 11


Snotrocket totals by teams faced:

vs. Padres: 8 (2 appearances – 1 start)

  • Day: 0 (0 appearances)
  • Night: 8 (2 appearances)
  • Home: 7 (1 start)
  • Road: 1 (1 relief)
  • Pre-game: 1
  • At-bat: 2
  • Dugout: 1
  • Double: 1


vs. Dodgers: 1 (1 appearance – relief)

  • Day: 1 (1 relief)
  • Night: 0 (0 appearances)
  • Home: 0 (0 appearances)
  • Road: 1 (1 appearances)


vs. DBacks: 2 (1 appearance – relief)

  • Day: 0 (0 appearances)
  • Night: 2 (1 appearance)
  • Home: 0 (0 appearance)
  • Road: 2 (1 appearance)


Next up is tallying Bumgarner’s 2010 snotrockets. I’ve already watched his first appearance in 2010, a start against the Boston Red Sox (interleague snotrockets!). I’ll post the totals along with some snotrocket screencaps soon. When I watch these old games I usually live tweet them as well so join me on Twitter or stay right here for all the exciting Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Snotrocket Fuzz Interference


Madison Bumgarner’s final appearance in the 2009 season came against the Padres in October. Bumgarner pitched 2 innings in relief and did well, giving up 0 runs. He had one lone snotrocket but it was a long distance from behind snotrocket and an extremely fuzzy one at that (I mentioned in another post that the video quality from these 8 year old games is not the best) so I wasn’t able to get a good screencap of it. The best I could get was a fuzzy nose wipe by Bumgarner in the 7th inning:


There was also a less fuzzy quiet moment of reflection from Bumgarner before his first pitch of the night:


Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, October 3, 2009 on the road vs. the San Diego Padres:


  • ND, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB (1 IBB), 0 R, 0 ER, 1 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 1 vs righties, 0 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner blew his lone snotrocket in the bottom of the 6th inning.
  • Madison Bumgarner finished the 2009 season with 11 snotrockets.


I will be posting Madison Bumgarner’s season snotrocket totals for 2009 soon and then after that I’ll start tallying Bumgarner’s 2010 snotrockets. I can hardly wait. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting seasoned snotrockets.

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Redheaded Snotrockets


Madison Bumgarner’s third big league appearance came once again in relief, this time against the Arizona Diamondbacks. One thing about watching these old MLB games – you have to watch the broadcast of the home team airing the game; you don’t get to choose between opposing broadcasting teams. If the Giants are at home then there’s no problem. San Francisco has a very very good broadcasting team, both radio and television. But other teams are hit and miss, mostly miss. In 2009 the DBacks TV color guy was Mark Grace and I found him irritating to listen to. I don’t remember him contributing any relevant baseball info at all or anything even remotely interesting in this game. Plus he was very much a homer which I don’t like.

Also annoying and weird was that the DBacks TV broadcasters referred incessantly to a section in the outfield where some redhead DBacks fans were sitting, wearing t-shirts and holding signs proudly proclaiming their redheadedness. I guess it has something to do with red being part of the Diamondbacks team colors. Okay then.

But we’re not here to discuss Mark Grace or redheads. We’re here for Bumgarner and his glorious snotrockets. Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, September 22, 2009 on the road vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:


  • ND, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 K, 2 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 0 vs. righties, 2 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 10 snotrockets in the 2009 season.


Like I noted in a previous blog post the videos of these games from 2009 are not of the highest quality but I’m not complaining. Not at all, because I’m still so grateful that I have the opportunity to view them at all, 8 years after they happened. I just wanted to explain why my snotrocket screencaps aren’t of the highest quality like you’re used to from Bumgarner’s unofficial official snotrocket screencapper @SanDiegoGiants.

Fuzzy Madison Bumgarner snotrocket screencaps are better than no Bumgarner snotrocket screencaps. Snotrocket from the bottom of the 3rd inning:


A really hard to see snotrocket from the bottom of the 4th inning:


Besides the Bumgarner pitching and snotrocketing this game had little else going for it as the Giants lost 8-10. I did get an exciting screencap of Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s tight pants:


Also baseball legend Joe Garagiola was in attendance at the game:


Madison Bumgarner’s next and final 2009 appearance was on Saturday, October 3, 2009 on the road vs. the San Diego Padres. When I watch it and tally the snotrockets make sure to tune in here and on Twitter for all the exciting vintage snotrocket action.


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Sophomore Snotrockets


Madison Bumgarner’s second big league appearance came in a blowout game vs. the Dodgers in September 2009. Blowout for the Dodgers that is, as the San Francisco Giants lost to the Dodgers by a score of 1-12. Yuck. Bumgarner only pitched one inning but managed to get in one snotrocket in his brief appearance:


Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, September 19, 2009 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers:


  • ND, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 0 vs. righties, 0 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 8 SNR in the 2009 season.


Madison Bumgarner’s next appearance was Tuesday, September 22, 2009 on the road vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tune in either here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

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Snotrocket Genesis


In an earlier post I noted that I got started late in my Madison Bumgarner snotrocket tallying career. Bumgarner made his major league debut in September 2009 but I only started officially tallying snotrockets in 2012 (I have rough snotrocket numbers from the 2011 season). But recently I discovered that I can now watch every Bumgarner appearance in a major league game; this meant that I would be able to at some point compile complete career Bumgarner snotrocket totals which made me incredibly happy. Last night I re-watched Bumgarner’s first big league start and it was everything that I hoped it would be.

Here’s a nice shot of Bumgarner in the dugout before taking the field in his major league debut:


A quiet moment before throwing his first major league pitch:


I live-tweeted the momentous occasion and felt it only fair to give warning what was about to happen:


One of the greatest periods in San Francisco Giants history begins:


San Francisco Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper remarks on what a huge moment this is for the Giants left hander:


While Kuiper’s TV partner Mike Krukow makes note of Bumgarner’s approach to the mound:


One of Madison Bumgarner’s teammates offers some sage advice to the rookie before his first pitch:


At exactly 7:14 PM history is made:


And five minutes later history of a slightly lesser sort is made:


I was so grateful for the opportunity to see all of this:


Bumgarner got the start that September night because the Giants regularly scheduled starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum, was experiencing back spasms. Upon learning this a fan at the ballpark made a last minute adjustment to his jersey:


Other Giants fans showed their support of Madison Bumgarner as well:



Of course it wasn’t all snotrockets, loogies and fan support in Bumgarner’s first MLB start:


When the snotrockets did happen though they were something special:


A first at-bat in the majors is an important moment:


Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at home vs. the San Diego Padres:


  • ND, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 7 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 0 vs. righties, 7 other. 1 pre-game SNR. 2 at-bat SNR. 1 dugout SNR. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in which he blew 2 snotrockets in each inning.
  • Madison Bumgarner with 7 snotrockets so far in the 2009 season.


The snotrocket tweets and stats were the meat and potatoes of this blog post. It’s now time for the dessert: the snotrocket screencaps. These screencaps aren’t of the highest quality because the video of MLB games from even 8 years ago is a little fuzzy and not as HD as they are now. But still we have them and that’s something to be grateful for. Here’s the aforementioned first Madison Bumgarner MLB on camera snotrocket:


Madison Bumgarner’s first major league loogie, in two parts:


Second snotrocket in his first at-bat:


A snotrocket on the way back to the dugout:


Two minutes later a snotrocket in the top of the 3rd:


I was happy to see that Bumgarner’s major league debut contained one of my favorites, the double snotrocket. First up is the left nostril:


Then the right nostril:


Bengie Molina was the Giants starting catcher in 2009 and he was behind the plate for Madison Bumgarner’s major league debut. Buster Posey was fresh up out of the minors and with the club during Bumgarner’s start but he spent the game in the bullpen:


Bumgarner left with the lead in the top of the 6th inning and received a standing ovation from the fans. He tipped his cap in appreciation:


Attaboy Madison Bumgarner. It was an incredible experience to watch your first major league start and to tally your first major league snotrockets. Thank you for your pitching and snotrocketing excellence.

Thanks must also go to Major League Baseball for making available this game to view eight years after it happened and to Baseball Reference, a great website that is an invaluable resource for baseball statistics. From their site I was able to get Bumgarner’s pitching stats and other important details like the start time of the game which is oh so important for calculating the exact time that each snotrocket occurred. I am grateful to both.

Madison Bumgarner’s next start in 2009 occurred on Saturday, September 19, 2009 on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. I’m not sure exactly when I will tally the snotrockets for that game but when I do I’ll be sure to post all the relevant info here. I’ll probably also live tweet the snotrockets too so you should follow me on Twitter for all the exciting delayed Bumgarner snotrocket action. You’ll be glad you did.

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Snotrocket Salvation


It’s only been two days since we learned the news about Madison Bumgarner’s injury. I’m still reeling from the thought of losing both Bumgarner’s pitching and snotrocketing excellence for who knows how long. But then this happened today:

Finally some good news in the midst of so much bad. What with the San Francisco Giants losing Bumgarner, me losing Bumgarner snotrockets and the Giants just losing in general it was difficult to find a reason to go on living. But the discovery that I’ll be able to watch every single Madison Bumgarner MLB start from the beginning means so much to me. I am saved. And yes, I know it’s not the same as having a healthy Bumgarner blowing live snotrockets but right now it’s all I have.

Lastly, yesterday’s Giants game vs. the Colorado Rockies had nothing to recommend about it except for the fact that during the game Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore paid tribute to Madison Bumgarner in the best way possible:

Gif form:


That was nice of you Matt Moore, thanks and much appreciated.

When I start tallying the snotrockets from Bumgarner’s 2009-2011 starts I will of course post the snotrocket totals here. Who knows, I may also live tweet them as well. So come on over to Twitter for all the exciting delayed Bumgarner snotrocket action.

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Dirt Bike 1, Snotrockets 0


Today was going pretty well. A nice day.  Then:












Most people on Twitter were sympathetic:






Then there’s this guy:


Madison Bumgarner’s injury happened yesterday, an off day for the San Francisco Giants. They’re in Denver this weekend to play the Colorado Rockies. When the Giants come home after Sunday’s game Bumgarner will be seen by their own team doctor and then we will have more information on the extent of his injuries and how long he will be on the disabled list. Some people though are already predicting bad news. I really hope they’re wrong.

Of course this means that for as long as Bumgarner is on the DL there will be no snotrocket tallying. Oh sure, the television cameras may show him during a game blowing a snotrocket or two while he’s sitting in the dugout supporting his teammates but unless the snotrockets happen during a Bumgarner start then they are not official snotrockets and do not get tallied. As much as I will miss his snotrocketing I worry about the extent of Bumgarner’s injuries even more.

Please be okay Madison Bumgarner. We love you and we miss you already. Also can you please wear this whenever you’re not pitching:

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