Wild Card Snotrockets

 

THE GIANTS WIN THE WILD CARD! THE GIANTS WIN THE WILD CARD! THE GIANTS WIN THE WILD CARD! [read out loud in Russ Hodges’ voice]

Okay, so it’s not quite the National League pennant but who cares. The Giants won! Madison Bumgarner was brilliant! There were snotrockets! Celebrate!

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 on the road vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates:

 

  • W, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 9 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 pre-game SNR. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 4th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.

 

On Twitter tonight @SanDiegoGiants also came up a winner and produced some terrific snotrocket screencaps. It wasn’t easy either because the game was on ESPN and they’re infamous for their non-Giant Giants coverage so these postseason snotrocket screencaps are rare and to be savored even more so than usual. Here’s one from the 4th inning:

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Another snotrocket from the same inning:

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As the game wore on Bumgarner only got stronger, both in pitching and snotrocketing. The caption on this snotrocket screencap  says it all:

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An 8th inning long distance snotrocket:

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How does Madison Bumgarner celebrate a superbly pitched post season complete game win? The way he celebrates every game he pitches:

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And now for some bonus Bumgarner goodies. Here’s a thirsty Bumgarner celebrating after the win:

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Here’s a couple of Vines of this awesomely awesome event:

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https://vine.co/v/OmgF2bzAdXY

 

And one more photo from a different angle:

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And lastly,  a gif with Bumgarner in it and he’s not even the star. Check out the little kid and his terrific at-bat in the stands behind home plate:

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No wait, this is lastly. My feelings about tonight’s game and really every game that Madison Bumgarner pitches:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Monday, October 6, 2014 at home vs. the Washington Nationals. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Flat Snotrockets

 

The San Francisco Giants were flat last night, only mustering up 4 hits and losing to the Pirates 5-0. Madison Bumgarner was also flat, giving up 4 runs in a long and horrible 1st inning. Even the snotrockets refused to perk up and were flat as well, with nary a double or at-bat snotrocket to dazzle the fans. Flat as a pancake. Sigh.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Monday, July 28, 2014 at home vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates:

 

  • L, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 11 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 8 vs. righties, 3 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 1st in which he blew 7 snotrockets.
  • The 7 snotrockets that Madison Bumgarner blew in the 1st inning were the most that Bumgarner has blown in one inning since April 5, 2014 (7 in 7th inning on the road vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers).
  • Bumgarner now with 286 snotrockets in the 2014 season.

 

Even though last night’s snotrockets were pretty routine a true Bumgarner snotrocket fan will always enjoy a good snotrocket screencap. In the midst of last night’s listlessness  @SanDiegoGiants still managed to get some great screencaps so all was not lost. Here’s a rather placid snotrocket from that violent first inning. Note the delicate placement of finger against nose. Truly a snotrocket artist.

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Another less delicate snotrocket from the same inning:

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And the last snotrocket from that mucus-laden 1st inning:

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No matter how uninspiring a Giants game might be the snotrockets will keep us coming back for more. Because regardless of how he pitches Madison Bumgarner will always be the snotrocket king:

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Bumgarner’s next start should be Sunday, August 3, 2014 on the road vs. the New York Mets. See you here or on Twitter (I live tweet the snotrockets) for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Pinch Hit Snotrocket

 

The anticipation:

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Yes. It really happened. You didn’t dream it. Madison Bumgarner pinch hit in tonight’s game.  And though he only lined out to the pitcher he did blow a snotrocket so all was not lost.  In case you don’t believe me then here’s the proof, courtesy of @SanDiegoGiants:

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As of right now the San Francisco Giants are still tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-10 in the 12th inning but if they end up losing then everyone’s blaming this woman:

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Update: the Giants won 11-10 in 13 innings. Curse of the Flower Hat: denied. It was an exciting win for the Giants but of course my mind was on more important things:

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That was the first pinch hit snotrocket I’ve seen Madison Bumgarner blow. I wasn’t prepared for it and I don’t know what to do with it. I really can’t count it in his regular season snotrocket totals because I only tally the snotrockets that Bumgarner blows during games he starts and this one was blown during a pinch-hit appearance. Oh the dilemma. What to do? I guess just enjoy it for the snotrockety goodness it delivered.

Snotrocket Conspiracy Theory

 

Every time Madison Bumgarner pitches and the cameras are focused on anything but him out on the mound I immediately think, “Aha! They’re repulsed by the snotrockets and want to show as few of them as possible so they’re deliberately avoiding Bumgarner as much as possible. SNOTROCKET CONSPIRACY!”

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Oh sure, it may sound ridiculous but how else to explain that during each of his last two starts Bumgarner didn’t blow a snotrocket until over an hour into the game? First his start vs. the Marlins (first snotrocket in the 5th inning) and then his latest start vs. the Pirates (first snotrocket in the 4th). The cameras would show Bumgarner throwing a pitch and then immediately cut to a close-up of the batter, the on-deck hitter, someone in either dugout, another of the on-deck hitter, more of the batter and so on and so forth until it was time for Bumgarner to throw another pitch. Then the same thing all over again. And again. And again. It’s like they sensed Bumgarner might let one rip and they wanted to hurry away from him before he did. Very suspicious.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Friday, August 23, 2013 at home vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates:

  • L, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 10 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 7 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 double and 1 at-bat SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 8th in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner now has 276 snotrockets in 2013.

It’s always nice when people on Twitter take note of your efforts:

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Bumgarner’s next start should be Wednesday, August 28 on the road vs. the Colorado Rockies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action. I’ll be watching with my tin foil snotrocket hat on.

Fish, Snotrockets and Bad Baseball Camerawork

 

Indoor baseball. Another San Francisco Giants loss. Few snotrockets. It’s all bad.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Sunday, August 18, 2013 on the road vs. the Miami Marlins:

  • ND, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB (1 IBB), 3 K, 1 HR, 3 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 2 vs. righties, 0 other.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 5th in which he blew 3 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarners’s total of 3 SNR (snotrockets) ties his outing on 07/06/13 (vs Dodgers) for fewest SNR in 2013.
  • Bumgarner now has 19 snotrockets that were blown while pitching indoors (closed roof) in 2013 (3 games).

Even more disturbing than the loss incurred by the Giants was the fact that Bumgarner didn’t blow a snotrocket until the 5th inning, and the 3 SNR he blew in that inning were the only snotrockets he blew in the entire game.

I mostly attribute this to the staid camerawork in Sunday’s game. The cameras in Marlins Park focused almost entirely on the batters and very seldom had Bumgarner in their sights.  I’ve noticed this same thing happening whenever a Giants game airs on Fox or ESPN. The baseball camerawork for both of those networks is very formulaic and unimaginative. It’s all batter, batter, batter and once in a while they’ll show the pitcher for about 3 seconds.

Of course, at the other end is the godawful camerawork one sees in the Giants games that air on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. CSNBA’s cameras seem to be focused more on the people in the stands and in the boats out in McCovey Cove than on the game itself. It doesn’t matter if the Giants are in 1st place by 10 games or dead last in the standings, if the game is an excitingly close one or a snoozer, the CSNBA camera guys will practically wet their pants with excitement over someone’s grandma wearing a baseball cap or a little kid holding up a homemade sign or some hipsters dancing on the deck of a boat out in the cove. They’ll cut to shot after shot after shot of all those things and many more, ad nauseum, to the detriment of the game itself. A Giants game on CSNBA is less about baseball and more about the people who inhabit the stands and the boats that cruise the waters outside of it.

Madison Bumgarner’s next outing should be Friday, August 23, 2013 at home vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action. That is, if CSNBA’s cameras can manage to break away from the thousands of “gamer babes”, kids waving to the cameras and boats sailing past the ballpark. There’s a game on, CSNBA. How about showing it?