Sunday, November 10, 2013
November 4-10, 2013 Boston Red Sox players who hit a home run off Mariano Rivera
Q. On 18‑May‑2013, who eclipsed Ted Williams’ Boston Red Sox record of 37 multi-home run games?
Hint: He was originally signed by the Mariners, but came to the majors with Twins where he played for six seasons.
Hint: Recent activities bolstered his chances for making the Hall of Fame.
Twint: In 2007 he reached base 17 times in his first 19 postseason plate appearances.
Twint: In 2006 he led his league with 54 homers despite being hospitalized with heart palpitations on two separate occasions that year.
A. David Ortiz (38th multi-HR G 18‑May‑2013; 10AB/8H/9BB/ALDS 3G and ALCS G1 and 2 plus 1st 2 PA in G 3; 2013 World Series MVP; 2006 hospitalization)
FCR - Mel Williams, Elkhart, IN
Most common incorrect answer: None
Q. Who holds the record for most career postseason home runs?
Hint: His 21 grand slams puts him third on the career list.
Hint: His total of 165 runs batted in one season remains the highest such total since Jimmy Foxx had 175 in 1938.
Twint: No American League outfielder has won more Silver Slugger Awards.
FCR - Glenn Horowitz, New York, NY
Most common incorrect answer: Alex Rodriguez
Q. Other than Carl Yastrzemski, who served the longest as Boston Red Sox Captain?
Hint: He holds the record for catching the most no hitters in the majors.
Hint: When he retired at age 39, only Wally Schang and Gregg Zaun had played to that age as switch-hitting catchers.
Twint: Both he and teammate Nomar Garciaparra were (wore?) Yellow Jackets.
Twint: At 6 ft 2 in tall, one might say he was “Hi-Tek”.
Twint: A confused Boston Mayor Thomas Menino claimed that this player had “split the uprights”.
A. Jason Varitek (Yaz 15 years, Varitek 6 years; 4 no-nos Ray Schalk notwithstanding; Schang retired age 41, Zaun age 39; alumni of Georgia Institute of Technology; nickname Tek; Menino’s comment)
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Most common incorrect answer: Carlton Fisk
Q. Who coined the term “Cowboy Up” that inspired the team that fell an Aaron-Boone-extra-inning homer short of the World Series?
Hint: He almost became a Chunici Dragon, but in a controversial move, he ended up staying in the majors when the Red Sox claimed him off waivers.
Hint: A speedy Japanese-born teammate was brought in to pinch run for him after he drew a timely postseason lead-off walk.
Hint: That pinch runner then proceeded to make one of the most famous steals in postseason history.
Twint: His presence in the clubhouse was a key factor in uniting a team that had not won a World Series in 86 years.
Twint: He’s an idiot.
Twint: On air, he refers to himself as “One-Five”.
A. Kevin Millar (“Cowboy up” rallying cry story; He was about to join the Dragons in Japan in 2003, when BOS claimed him off waivers, violating an unwritten rule between the Japanese and American leagues; PR Dave Roberts steal of 2nd 17‑Oct‑2004, other than the Jackie Robinson steal of home, considered one of the most famous in baseball history; The Idiots story; Wore uniform number 15 and co-hosts “Intentional Talk” on the MLB TV channel.)
FCR - Howard Levine, Los Angeles, CA
Most common incorrect answer: Johnny Damon
Q. Who is the only Pittsburgh Pirate to win major league baseball’s Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint: He broke the Pirates rookie record for home runs in a season.
Hint: In each of successive seasons, he batted in eight runs in a single game.
Hint: In 2005, MLB chose entrants who were natives of eight different countries for the Home Run Derby preceding the All-Star Game at Comerica Park in Detroit. He represented Canada poorly as he failed to hit even a single home run.
Twint: As part of a three-team deal the sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers, he was traded to the Red Sox.
A. Jason Bay (2004 ROY; 26 HR in rookie season; 8-RBI games 09-Sep-2003 and 02-Jul-2004; 2005 ASG, HR Derby history, b. 20‑Sep‑1978 Trail, BC; 6 player deal 31-July-2008)
FCR - Matthew Yaspan, Scarsdale, NY
Most common incorrect answers: Dick Groat, Bill Virdon
Q. Who is the only player in major league history to hit grand slams from opposite sides of the plate in the same game?
Hint: He also had a solo shot home run in the same contest.
Hint: Only Mark Whiten, among switch-hitters, ever had more RBI in a single game.
Twint: He won the batting title the same season year.
Twint: In his first postseason game he hit a home run off Kevin Brown who was also making his first postseason start.
Twint: Out of 36 games with 160 plate appearances, it was the only postseason homer he ever hit.
A. Bill Mueller (Opposite side GSHR achieved 29-Jul-2003; Whiten 12 RBI 07‑Sep‑1993, Mueller tied with Eddie Murray w/9 26‑Aug‑1985; Mueller hit .326 in 2003; NLDS FLA vs SFG 30-Sep-1997; stats page BR.com)
FCR - Henry Hascup, Lodi, NJ
Most common incorrect answers: Carlos Baerga, Robin Ventura, Tony Lazzeri, Fernando Tatis, Eddie Murray, Mickey Mantle
Q. Who replaced Kevin Youkilis at third base when Yuke hurt his back early in the 2012 season?
Hint: He performed so well that Yuke was eventually traded to the White Sox.
Hint: His first major league homer was a grand slam over the Green Monster off of Tommy Hunter.
Twint: Some think his unintentional obstruction cost his team a World Series game.
Twint: It wasn’t his fault.
A. Will Middlebrooks (Debut 02‑May‑2012; GS 06‑May‑S2012; 26‑Oct‑2013 G 3 WS walk-off on STL obstruction call, though Craig would almost certainly have scored the game ending run due to Saltalamacchia’s throwing error)
FCR - Mike Brandyberry, Grafton, OH
Most common incorrect answer: Tom Middleton
Q. Which of his players did Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenge to a fight after the player wrote, “The ship is sinking,” and “Play for yourself,” on a clubhouse bulletin board?
Hint: A few days later, he was traded to the Giants later confessing that he “… didn’t handle it professionally at all”.
Hint: He is the last player to qualify for this week’s list of answers, this week’s theme. No one else will ever qualify.
Twint: While with the Blue Jays, he led the majors in hit by pitch.
Twint: The year before, he led the Diamondbacks in batting average.
Twint: He was “Everyday”.
FCR - Mike Brandyberry, Grafton, OH
Most common incorrect answer: Alex Rios
WEEKLY THEME – Boston Red Sox players who hit a home run off Mariano Rivera, all regular season.
Player Date of HR
Jason Bay 24-Apr-2009
Shea Hillenbrand 13-Apr-2002
Will Middlebrooks 08-Sep-2013
Kevin Millar 27-May-2003
Bill Mueller 24-July-2004
David Ortiz 18-Aug-2006 (G 2)
Manny Ramirez 04-Jun-2001
Jason Varitek 05-Apr-2005
Notes: No Red Sox player ever hit a 2nd HR off Mo. It wasn’t until Mo’s 7th season (2001) that he gave up a HR to a Red Sox player (See Manny’s above). Will Middlebrooks is not only the last BOS player to hit a HR off Mo, he is the last player who will ever hit a HR off him. Middlebrooks’ HR was the first by a BOS player since Bay did it early in the 2009 season—nearly 5 full seasons. Only Bill Mueller’s was a walk-off. Only BAL had more HRs with 12, and SEA also had 8.
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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