Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Answers for the Week of January 10-16, 2011 - Players with more than 10 letters in their last names who have homered in the postseason.

Q.         What Hall of Famer’s name was so troublesome to spell that he is more commonly known by his three-letter nickname?
SABR Hint:       He was the last player to lead the leagues in runs with fewer than 100 (in a full season).
Hint:     He wasn’t really Irish.
Twint:    His rosary beads were likely tucked inside his uniform.
A.         Carl Yastrzemski (“Yaz”; he was a devout Catholic who attended Notre Dame)
First Correct Respondent - Bob Dorrill, Kingwood, TX

Q.         Who is the only shortstop to hit two grand slams in a single game?
Hint:     He is the only player in his franchise’s history to hit more than 50 doubles in a season twice.
SABR Hint:       It’s possible his batting gloves are loose.
Twint:    He’s married to the ultimate soccer mom.
A.         Nomar Garciaparra (GS game 10-May-1999; 51 2b in 2000, 56 in 2002; Famous for tightening his batting gloves multiple times each at bat; Wife is soccer great Mia Hamm.  They have two children.)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC

Q.         Who secreted the ball that recorded the out signaling the first World Championship for his franchise in multiple generations?
Hint:     He was once traded for a multiple-time batting champ (or at least the trade involved both of them).
SABR Hint:       He was a high school teammate of Alex Rodriguez.
Twint:    His mother claimed that his purpose in life was to teach people how to pronounce the family name.
A.         Doug Mientkiewicz (Game 4 2004 WS; 3-team trade involved Nomar Garciaparra; Westminster Christian High School [Miami, FL])
FCR -    Robert Muse, Bob Muse, San Diego

Q.         With whom is Derek Jeter tied as the longest-tenured New York Yankees player captain?
Hint:     He was voted on for the Hall of Fame, but never got more than 2% of the vote.
SABR Hint:       He was the last player to win the MVP award for the original American League Washington Senators.
Twint:    He was the youngest manager in major league history.
A.         Roger Peckinpaugh (8 years; MVP 1925; Age 23 in 1914)
FCR -    Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV

Q.         Which teammate saved Frank Robinson from drowning at a team party?
Hint:     After breaking fingers twice in three years, he switched to the now-popular hinged mitt on the advice of a teammate.
SABR Hint:       In spite of hitting .221 and .215, he was elected to two consecutive All-Star teams.
Twint:    He became B. J. Surhoff’s mentor.
A.         Andy Etchebarren (Party 1966; switched mitts in 1968 on the advice of teammate Clay Dalrymple)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Whose .412 World Series batting mark led his team to a championship title?
Hint:     In spite of that performance, he was pinch hit for in Game Seven.
Hint:     He currently resides mere minutes from where this question was composed.
Twint:    He is the minor league fielding coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A.         Steve Lombardozzi (1987 WS; Fulton, MD)
FCR -    Brian Engelhardt, Reading, PA

Q.         Whose career was ended by a foul ball during a game?
Hint:     He was on deck at the time.
Hint:     He was the first player to hit a home run into the left field bleachers in Yankee Stadium after the stadium reopened following the 1976 renovation.
SABR Hint:       He toiled for five different major league teams, one of them in two separate stints, over an 11-year major league career.
Twint:    He was traded three times for players who were All-Stars during their careers.
A.         Juan Encarnacion (On-deck accident 30-Aug-2007; HR 24-Jul-2001; Dmitri Young, Ryan Dempster, Brad Penny)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

WEEKLY THEME – Players with more than 10 letters in their last names who have homered in the postseason.

Encarnacion      11         1 in Game 2, 2003, NLDS; 1 in Game 1, 2003 NLCS
Etchebarren      11         10-Oct-1973 ALCS, Game 4
Garciaparra       11         3 in 1998 ALDS; 2 in 1999 ALDS; 2 in 1999 ALCS
Lombardozzi     11         17-Oct-1987 Game 1, WS
Mientkiewicz      12         2 in 2002 ALDS
Peckinpaugh     11         15-Oct-1925 Game 7, WS
Yastrzemski      11         3 in 1967 WS; 1 in Game 2, 1975 ALCS

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – David Matchett, Toronto (after the Peckinpaugh question)

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