Monday, September 13, 2010
Answers for the Week of September 6, 2010
Hint: He is the most recent player to join the of the 600 home run club.
Twint: He faced teammate Andy Pettitte in a simulated game last week, with Reggie Jackson acting as umpire.
A. Alex Rodriguez (simulated game 04-Sep-2010)
First Correct Respondent - Mike Henderson, Silver Spring, MD
Hint: He prompted a promotion whereby bald fans gained free admission to one game a year.
Hint: During the six years the promotion was active, 298 women took advantage and entered for free.
Twint: He was part of a classic quote from the sitcom Seinfeld.
A. Jay Buhner (Buhner Buzz-Cut Night; Frank Costanza to ‘The Boss’: “How could you trade Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?!”)
FCR - Peter Mitchell, Mission Viejo, CA
Hint: He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 Pan-Am Games, even though his team did not win the championship.
Twint: The next year he won a gold medal in the summer Olympics.
Twint: After winning the gold medal he may have smoked a cigar manufactured by his father.
A. Tino Martinez (1988 Team USA Olympic gold medal)
FCR - Jimmy Goggin, Williamsburg, VA
Hint: At one time he held the Brewers record for most home runs in a season.
Twint: He and Noochie were traded for Junior.
A. Richie Sexson (45 HR in a season [twice], tied w- Gorman Thomas [broken by Prince Fielder]; traded to ARI in 2003 with Noochie Varner for [among others] Junior Spivey)
FCR - David Krassin, New York
Hint: He was a TV commentator for the 2003 World Series, in which his brother played.
Twint: He was the first third-generation Major Leaguer.
A. Bret Boone (brother Aaron played in 2003 WS; son of Bob, grandson of Ray)
FCR - Bob Muse, San Diego
Hint: He won a World Series ring with the Twins, but was not on the team the following season.
Hint: He had the first regular-season hit at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Twint: He was once traded for Bert Blyleven.
A. Paul Sorrento (1991 Twins WS; Camden hit 06-Apr-1992; traded for Blyleven 03-Nov-1988)
FCR - Mitchell Below, Oakland
Hint: In his seventh Major League season, his 103 RBI nearly matched the 112 RBI he had amassed in his first six seasons combined.
Twint: After being called out in a 2009 blog post, he vowed to return “every dime I’ve ever made” if he tested positive for steroids.
A. Raul Ibanez (103 RBI in 2002, 112 RBI from 1996-2001; blog post at http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/2009/06/raul-ibanez-great-start-comes-with-steroid-speculation/)
FCR - Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA
Hint: He hit his 500th career home run on Father’s Day with his father in the stands.
Hint: He was the 20th member of the 500 HR club.
Twint: An experimental hamstring surgery bears his name.
A. Ken Griffey, Jr. (500th HR 20-Jun-2004; The Junior Operation uses titanium screws to reattach a torn hamstring)
FCR - Arieh Siegal, Austin
Hint: At one time he held the Brewers record for most home runs in a season and also for most strikeouts in a season.
Twint: He was drafted by the Pilots in the first round of the 1969 draft, but didn’t play for Seattle until 1984.
A. Gorman Thomas (45 HR in 1979, since tied by Richie Sexson and broken by Prince Fielder, 175 K in 1979 since broken by Rob Deer, Jose Hernandez and Richie Sexson)
FCR - Larry Farin, Plano, TX
Hint: He is the only Designated Hitter to win a batting title.
Hint: He was nicknamed Papi, but he wasn’t Big.
Twint: He has a street and an award named in his honor.
A. Edgar Martinez (1995 AL batting title at [played 7 games in the field, 138 as DH] He also won a batting title in 1992, but had more game at third base that year than at DH; Edgar Martinez Drive [formerly South Atlantic Street in Seattle, WA] and Edgar Martinez Award [formerly Outstanding Designated Hitter Award], both renamed in 2004)
FCR - Matthew Repplinger, Denver
Hint: After bouncing a home run off of a car in spring training, teammate Jim Thome said “I couldn’t believe how far that kid hit that ball!”
Hint: He was the first player to hit a home run into the upper deck in right field at New Yankee Stadium.
Twint: He was nicknamed 3TO, or “Three True Outcomes” — BB, K or HR.
A. Russell Branyan (shown at Braves spring training in 2004; car-bounce HR in spring training 1998; RF UD HR 21-Aug-2010)
FCR - Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara
WEEKLY THEME – Mariners who have hit 30 home runs in a season.
Boone 37 in 2001, 35 in 2003
Branyan 31 in 2009
Buhner 40 in 1995, 44 in 1996, 40 in 1997
Griffey 45 in 1993, 40 in 1994, 49 in 1996, 56 in 1997, 56 in 1998, 48 in 1999
Ibanez 33 in 2006
Martinez, E. 37 in 2000
Martinez, T. 31 in1995
Rodriguez 36 in 1996, 42 in 1998, 42 in 1999, 41 in 2000
Sexson 39 in 2005, 34 in 2006
Sorrento 31 in 1997
Thomas 32 in 1985
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA