Battle of the Bay Snotrockets

 

With the San Francisco Giants playing the Oakland Athletics this weekend it gave me the chance to view the game from a different angle. The games have been broadcast locally (Bay Area) on two Comcast Sports Net Bay Area channels, one with the Giants broadcasters and one with the A’s broadcasters. Last night I watched the A’s channel for comparison and I was pleased to see a distinct lack of crowd shots. Oh sure there were a few times when the A’s TV director cut away from the game to the fans in the stands but it never even came anywhere close to the ad nauseum total of crowd shots that the Giants produce every game. How refreshing: a baseball broadcasting team that’s more interested in the game than in the fans. It was great to watch.

But with Madison Bumgarner pitching today this unofficial Mad Bum snotrocket tallier had to switch back to the Giants broadcast for continuity reasons. What a jarring return to reality. The game was of course overloaded with crowd shots: every person wearing a championship foam ring hat, every boat in McCovey Cove, every bride with her bridesmaids, et cetera et cetera et cetera, and so on and so forth blah blah blah WHO CARES JUST SHOW THE GAME. The Giants awful TV director even cut away from the game to show his sister sitting in the stands. Twice. For God’s sakes. His middle-aged sister. WHO CARES JUST SHOW THE GAME.

[deep breath and exhale]

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, July 25, 2015 at home vs. the Oakland Athletics:

 

  • W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 13 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 6 vs. righties, 6 other. 3 double SNR. 2 at-bat SNR. 1 dugout SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 3rd in which he blew 5 snotrockets.
  • Bumgarner now with 148 snotrockets in the 2015 season.

 

Like a true professional @SanDiegoGiants kept his screencapping machine focused solely on Bumgarner and grabbed some great snotrocket screencaps. Here’s an at-bat snotrocket from the 3rd inning:

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Another at-bat snotrocket, also in the 3rd inning:

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Back on the mound snotrocket in the 4th inning:

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A nice clear closeup bearded snotrocket, also in the 4th inning:

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Another closeup snotrocket from the 7th inning:

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And one last snotrocket from a mystery inning:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be on Friday, July 31, 2015 on the road vs. the Texas Rangers. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Bad Camerawork, Few Snotrockets

 

Madison Bumgarner had few snotrockets in today’s game and for that you can either blame the fact that he was indoors (closed roof at Chase Field) or the more likely culprit: the atrocious camerawork still employed by the San Francisco Giants when games are aired on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area (CSNBA). Time and time again the cameras cut away from the action on the diamond to capture such stunning scenes as an ice cream sundae being made or a family waving at the camera or a guy wearing a hat with two dolls on it. For all we know Bumgarner could have been firing out the snotrockets at warp speed but you’d be hard pressed to see them with the cameras not focused on the field but instead on a guy in the stands holding his sleeping kid. Oh yes, THAT’S why I tuned in; not to see a baseball game but to see random people in the stands eating, drinking and waving bye bye.

Seriously though, even if Bumgarner weren’t pitching I’d still be upset because of CSNBA’s continual horrible camerawork. Every time a Giants game is shown on CSNBA it’s like that. Shot after shot after shot of some fan in the stands or a boat in the water instead of the action on the field. It doesn’t help that the Giants broadcasters seem to revel in these fan shots and blather on incessantly about them. I like SF’s broadcasters when they talk about the game but when they start giggling about some guy wearing a stupid hat I have to mute or worse, change the channel (when Bumgarner’s pitching I’m forced to watch and sometimes it’s unbearable). I hate doing that but listening to Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper drool over someone holding up a cardboard sign mentioning their names is incredibly irritating. And it doesn’t end when Jon Miller or Dave Flemming joins them from the radio side. They get sucked in to the fan-in-the-stands-boats-in-the-water long-winded babbling too. WHO CARES. Just show the game.

[deep breath and exhale]

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Sunday, July 19, 2015 on the road vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

  • W, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 4 vs. rightie, 1 other. 1 double SNR. 1 glove SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 2nd and 3rd in which he blew 2 snotrockets per inning.
  • Bumgarner now with 135 snotrockets so far in the 2015 season.

 

Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at home vs. the Oakland Athletics. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action. That is of course if CSNBA’s cameras can tear themselves away from the stupid hats and cotton candy kids in the stands to spend a modicum of time focused on the game itself.

2015 First Half Snotrocket Totals

 

What you’ve all been waiting for: Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and breakdowns for the first half of the 2015 season. Here they are:

  • Total: 130 snotrockets (18 starts)
  • Day: 40 (5 starts)
  • Night: 90 (13 starts)
  • Home: 83 (10 starts)
  • Road: 47 (8 starts)
  • vs. lefties: 25
  • vs. righties: 61
  • Other: 44
  • Double: 24
  • Double blow: 1
  • Pre-game: 3
  • At-bat: 7
  • On-base: 3
  • Glove: 4

 

League and Division snotrocket breakdowns:

  • vs. National League: 120 (17 starts)
  • vs. American League: 10 (1 start)
  • vs. Western Division: 73 (10 starts)
  • vs. Central Division: 11 (2 starts)
  • vs. Eastern Division: 36 (5 starts)

 

Snotrocket breakdowns by teams:

 Los Angeles Dodgers: 19 snotrockets (3 starts)

  • Home (2 starts): 14
  • Road (1 start): 5
  • Day (2 starts): 14
  • Night (1 start): 5
  • vs. lefties: 3
  • vs. righties: 14
  • Other: 2
  • Double: 4
  • Pre-game: 1
  • Glove: 2

 San Diego Padres: 25 snotrockets (3 starts)

  • Home (2 starts): 23
  • Road (1 start): 2
  • Day (0 starts): 0
  • Night (3 starts): 25
  • vs. lefties: 5
  • vs. righties: 12
  • Other: 8
  • Double: 5
  • On-Base: 2
  • At-Bat: 1

Colorado Rockies: 5 snotrockets (1 start)

  • Home (1 start): 5
  • Road (0 starts): 0
  • Day (1 start): 5
  • Night (0 starts): 0
  • vs. lefties: 0
  • vs. righties: 3
  • Other: 2
  • Double: 1

Arizona Diamondbacks: 24 snotrockets (3 starts)

  • Home (2 starts): 19
  • Road (1 start): 5
  • Open roof (1 start): 5
  • Closed roof (0 starts): 0
  • Day (0 starts): 0
  • Night (3 starts): 24
  • vs. lefties: 2
  • vs. righties: 11
  • Other: 11
  • Double: 2
  • Pre-game: 2
  • At-bat: 4

Cincinnati Reds: 6 snotrockets (1 start)

  • Home (0 starts): 0
  • Road (1 start): 6
  • Day (0 starts): 0
  • Night (1 start): 6
  • vs. lefties: 1
  • vs. righties: 3
  • Other: 2
  • Double: 1

Milwaukee Brewers: 5 snotrockets (1 start)

  • Home (0 starts): 0
  • Road (1 start): 5
  • Open roof (1 start): 5
  • Closed roof (0 starts): 0
  • Day (0 starts): 0
  • Night (1 start): 5
  • vs. lefties: 0
  • vs. righties: 3
  • Other: 2
  • On-base: 1

Miami Marlins: 4 snotrockets (1 start)

  • Home (1 start): 4
  • Road (0 starts): 0
  • Day (0 starts): 0
  • Night (1 start): 0
  • vs. lefties: 2
  • vs. righties: 1
  • Other: 1
  • Double: 1

Philadelphia Phillies: 22 snotrockets (2 starts)

  • Home (1 start): 11
  • Road (1 start): 11
  • Day (1 start): 11
  • Night (1 start): 11
  • vs. lefties: 5
  • vs. righties: 10
  • Other: 7
  • Double: 4
  • At-bat: 1
  • Glove: 2

Washington Nationals: 3 snotrockets (1 start)

  • Home (0 starts): 0
  • Road (1 start): 3
  • Day (1 start): 3
  • Night (0 starts): 0
  • vs. lefties: 2
  • vs. righties: 0
  • Other: 1
  • Double: 1
  • Double blow: 1

Atlanta Braves: 7 snotrockets (1 start)

  • Home (1 start): 7
  • Road (0 starts): 0
  • Day (1 start): 7
  • Night (0 starts): 0
  • vs. lefties: 3
  • vs. righties: 1
  • Other: 3
  • At-bat: 1

Seattle Mariners: 10 snotrockets (1 start)

  • Home (0 starts): 0
  • Road (1 start): 10
  • Day (0 starts): 0
  • Night (1 start): 10
  • vs. lefties: 2
  • vs. righties: 3
  • Other: 5
  • Double: 5

As of this posting the San Francisco Giants still have not said what the pitching rotation will be like in the second half so I don’t know when Madison Bumgarner’s next start will be. Whenever it is I’ll see you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

2015 All Star Snotrockets

 

There weren’t any.

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See you here or on Twitter for Bumgarner’s next start and all the exciting snotrocket action.

The Way of the Snotrocket

 

Finally. Finally the San Francisco Giants deigned to score some runs for their ace starter Madison Bumgarner and provide him with an easy victory. The Giants scored more runs (15) than Bumgarner blew snotrockets (11). A remarkable achievement.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Friday, July 10, 2015 at home vs. the Philadelphia Phillies:

 

  • W, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 11 SNR (snotrockets): 3. vs. lefties, 5 vs. righties, 3 other. 1 double SNR. 1 at-bat SNR. 1 gloved SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st, 2nd and 6th in which he blew 3 snotrockets per inning.
  • Bumgarner now with 130 snotrockets in the 2015 season.

 

Last night on Twitter @SanDiegoGiants went the extra mile and got some fine Bumgarner snotrocket screencaps and then some. Here’s one from the 2nd inning:

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In the 4th inning Bumgarner trolled his fans with a snotrocketless nose rub:

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Also in the 4th inning we witnessed Madison Bumgarner attempting to pass on his snotrocketing skills to 1st base coach Billy Hayes but Hayes had some trouble:

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By the 5th inning Bumgarner had given up on snotrocket teaching and went back to snotrocket blowing:

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A “hey they scored 10 runs in one of my starts” snotrocket:

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Bonus pic: A Bumgarner crotch grab:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be…???  The MLB All Star Game is Tuesday. Bumgarner is an All Star and could pitch in Tuesday’s game. If he does then in all likelihood his next start might be Sunday, July 19, 2015 at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. If he doesn’t pitch in the All Star Game then Bumgarner’s next start might be Friday, July 17 against the DBacks. Or just for the hell of it he could start the Saturday, July 18 game against those same snakes. Who knows. Whenever he pitches next I’ll see you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Red, White and Blue Snotrockets

 

Happy 4th of July. Happy Snotrocket Day. Happy Another San Francisco Giants Loss. Boo on that last one.

Before I get to today’s Madison Bumgarner outing I must post the snotrocket totals from the previous Madison Bumgarner outing because once again sheer laziness won out over snotrocket blog diligence. So here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics from Sunday, June 28, 2015 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies:

 

  • W, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 5 SNR (snotrockets): 0 vs. lefties, 3 vs. righties, 2 other. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 116 snotrockets so far in 2015.

 

And now for today’s outing. Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Saturday, July 4, 2015 on the road vs. the Washington Nationals:

 

  • L, 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 3 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. lefties, 0 vs. righties, 1 other. 1 double SNR. 1 double blow SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner year snotrocket totals by July 4:
    • 2015: 119
    • 2014: 227
    • 2013: 203
    • 2012: 196

 

While I’m writing this the Giants are still playing today’s game; they’re in the top of the 8th inning losing 9-1 so it’s pretty safe to say they’ll lose their 5th game in a row on this nightmarish road trip. @SanDiegoGiants was so offended by the Giants poor showing in today’s game and road trip overall that he could only muster up enough enthusiasm for one lone snotrocket pic:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next outing should be Friday, July 10, 2015 at home vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

The Snotrocketeer

 

Madison Bumgarner’s new role: action hero?

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I had one of my worst nights as a Madison Bumgarner snotrocket tallier the other night. I think it was a combination of being so wrapped up in Bumgarner’s fine pitching performance plus despairing at how the San Francisco Giants once again were confounded by San Diego Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne. Add to those the fact that at one point Bumgarner suddenly started shooting out snotrockets faster than the speed of light and you have a snotrocket tallier posting this embarrassing set of tweets on Twitter:

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So many corrections in one night. How mortifying.

On to happier things. Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at home vs. the San Diego Padres:

 

  • ND, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 14 K, 0 HR, 16 SNR (snotrockets): 5 vs. lefties, 8 vs. righties, 3 other. 4 double SNR. 1 at-bat SNR. 1 on base SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 8th in which he blew 6 snotrockets.
  • At 7:49 PM Madison Bumgarner blew his 100th snotrocket of the 2015 season.
  • Bumgarner now with 111 snotrockets so far in the 2015 season.

 

One person who stayed cool and calm under pressure was @SanDiegoGiants. He didn’t let the actions of the game affect his snotrocket screencapping performance; no, he cranked out the snotrocket screencaps like a true professional. Here’s a full frontal snotrocket from the 1st inning:

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A snotrocket from behind in the 3rd inning:

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My personal favorite of the night: a combination snotrocket/crotch grab:

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Madison Bumgarner begins his busiest inning with, what else, a snotrocket:

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Still in the 8th inning, still going strong at 99 pitches and still with a 2-0 lead Bumgarner expresses himself thusly:

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Last snotrocket screencap of the game turned out to be a double one. First the left nostril:

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And then the right nostril:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be this Sunday, June 28, 2015 at home vs. the Colorado Rockies. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Seattle Slew Snotrockets

 

No horse, just snotrockets in a loss against the Mariners.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics from Wednesday, June 17, 2015 on the road vs. the Seattle Mariners:

 

  • L, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 IBB, 9 K, 0 HR, 10 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. L, 3 vs. R, 5 other. 5 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific innings were the 1st, 5th and 6th innings in which he blew 2 snotrockets per inning.
  • Bumgarner now with 95 snotrockets in the 2015 season.

 

Once again @SanDiegoGiants stepped up to the plate and knocked some snotrocket screencaps out of the park. Here’s one from the 2nd inning:

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A nice one from the 4th inning:

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A classic profile snotrocket from the 5th inning:

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In the 6th inning Bumgarner was still getting no run support but he was still giving up plenty of snotrockets:

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In the 7th inning Bumgarner expressed his displeasure at getting zero run support by turning his back on home plate and blowing a snotrocket:

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Madison Bumgarner pitched well, only giving up 2 runs in 8 innings. But all he had to show for it was a complete game loss and some very fine snotrockets:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at home vs. the San Diego Padres. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

Whole Lotta Snotrocketin Goin On

 

We got snotrocketin on the diamond, whose diamond, what diamond, my diamond…

We ain’t fakin, there was a whole lotta snotrocketin going on in Madison Bumgarner’s last start. For the second start in a row Bumgarner reached double digit snotrocket totals in a game. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lotta Giants offense going on and that meant Bumgarner took a loss even though he only gave up 1 run in 8 innings. The Giants couldn’t even shake it one time and were shut out.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics for Friday, June 12, 2015 at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks:

 

  • L, 8.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 15 SNR (snotrockets): 1 vs. lefties, 7 vs. righties, 7 other. 2 pre-game SNR. 4 at-bat SNR. 1 double SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner most prolific innings were the 1st, 3rd and 6th in which he blew 4 snotrockets per inning.
  • Bumgarner’s snotrocket season total now at 85 SNR.

 

Runs were scarce in Friday’s game but the snotrockets were plentiful and thankfully @SanDiegoGiants screencapped a bunch of them. Here’s one from the 3rd inning (note the home plate ump expressing his delight at witnessing a Bumgarner snotrocket in person):

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An at-bat snotrocket, close up:

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Another at-bat snotrocket, this time further away:

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A 6th inning snotrocket:

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Another snotrocket also from the 6th inning:

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The 6th inning was a very good inning, snotrocket-wise:

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No hits from Madison Bumgarner tonight but plenty of at-bat snotrockets:

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And last but not least a nice closeup snotrocket from the 8th inning:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Wednesday, June 17, 2015 on the road vs. the Seattle Mariners. Catch all the exciting interleague snotrocket action here or on Twitter.

SNOTROCKET IT BUMGARNER, SNOTROCKET IT, COME ON OVER WHOLE LOTTA SNOTROCKETIN GOIN ONNN…

Double Digit Snotrockets…Finally

 

Yea verily, let it be known that on 6 June 2015 Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants reached double digit snotrocket totals in a game for the first time this season. GLORY HALLELUJAH PRAISE BE SING IT FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS I KNEW HE STILL HAD IT IN HIM.

Here are Madison Bumgarner’s snotrocket totals and other vital statistics from Saturday, June 6, 2015 on the road vs. the Philadelphia Phillies:

 

  • W, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 2 HR, 11 SNR (snotrockets): 2 vs. lefties, 5 vs. righties, 4 other. 3 double SNR. 1 glove SNR.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s most prolific inning was the 7th in which he blew 4 snotrockets.
  • Madison Bumgarner now with 70 snotrockets this season.

 

To the dismay of many @SanDiegoGiants was on assignment during this game and was not able to screencap most of the snotrockets on that historic day. However he later took pity on us snotrocket worshippers and produced a fine double snotrocket screencap. First the right nostril:

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And then the left:

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Madison Bumgarner’s next start should be Friday, June 12, 2015 at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. See you here or on Twitter for all the exciting snotrocket action.

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