Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 14-20, 2014 All-Star Players Born in California’s San Fernando Valley

Q.         Which Hall of Famer was married to a Hall of Famer?
Hint:     Three seasons after winning a Cy Young Award, he led a World Series championship team in batting.  (20 PA min.)
Hint      His nickname is also that of a city he never played in.
Twint:    He was a minor league teammate of Tommy Lasorda.
A.         Don Drysdale (Married basketball player Ann Meyers 01‑Nov‑1986; 1965 Dodgers, CYA 1962; “Bid D” [Dallas]; W/Lasorda on the 1955 Montreal Royals)
FCR -    Pete Piet, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         What brawny ex-Bruin was once traded for Scott Rolen?
Hint:     He was the World Series MVP the only time his franchise won a World Series.
Hint:     He once hit 47 home runs in a season and didn’t get a single MVP vote.
Hint:     He won a Bronze Medal playing for the U.S. Olympic baseball team.
Twint:    Only he and Hank Aaron hit as many as 47 home runs in a season without hitting ten in any calendar month that year.
A.         Troy Glaus (Attended UCLA; Rolen trade14‑Jan‑2008; WS MVP 2002 w/ANA; 47 HR 2000; 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; Aaron 47 HR in 1971 [and was 3rd in the MVP voting w/180!])
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Luis Gonzalez, Mark McGwire, Dick Groat, Adam Dunn, Ken Caminiti, Juan Gonzalez

Q.         Who was the last pitcher from a Chicago team to win the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He snubbed the Red Sox when they drafted him and instead went on to win the "Baseball America" Freshman of the Year Award, given to the country’s top first-year college player.
Hint:     His fifteen complete games one season wouldn’t impress Jack Chesbro or Vic Willis, but that total was the highest of its decade.
Twint:    His university’s mascot changed from a bird to a color shortly before his arrival.
A.         Jack McDowell (CYA 1993
FCR -    Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Wilbur Wood, LaMarr Hoyt, Greg Maddux, Mark Prior, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Stone, Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood, J.D. Drew

Q.         Who made, according to the MLB television channel, made the greatest home-run-robbing catch ever.
Hint:     Mike Lamb certainly thinks so.
Twint:    Neither he nor his father actually ever served in the military.
A.         Gary Matthews, Jr. (Catch; Gary Matthews, Sr., both nicknamed "Sarge")
FCR -    Matt Dicker, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Jim Edmonds, Bo Jackson, Endy Chavez, Torii Hunter, Mike Trout, Kenny Lofton, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Q.         Who is the first Giant to be named Rookie of the Year then fail to be elected to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He was, however, the 1st XROY 2B NLCS MVP. 
Hint:     He wrote a book that included the quote, "Say what you mean but pick your spots."
Twint:    Ted Turner received a one-year suspension by Bowie Kuhn for signing him in 1977 with Turner’s responding to this by saying, "I’m thankful he didn’t order me shot."
A.         Gary Matthews, Sr. (ROY 1973, Willie Mays [1951]; Orlando Cepeda [1958] and Willie McCovey [1959] are all in the Hall; 1983 NLCS MVP (In this case 2B = "to be” not "second baseman"; Matthewsisms from  "They Call Me Sarge", written to advise rookies; Turner suspended for recruiting Sarge before he became a free agent.)
FCR -    Micki Maynard, Phoenix, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Chris Speier, Marco Scutaro, Jeff Kent, Robby Thompson, Jim Ray Hart, Bill White, Alvin Dark, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, John Montefusco, Jack Sanford, Ron Hunt

Q.         What Dirtbag pitcher, with a record of 31-13 over the past two seasons in the majors, has started this year 0‑2?
Hint:     He doesn't look 6'7", does he?
Twint:    His brother is almost as tall.
A.         Jered Weaver (Long Beach State alum, baseball mascot = Dirtbags; Brother Jeff Weaver)
FCR -    David Girdany, Somerset, PA
Incorrect answers:  Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Brandon McCarthy, Zach Greinke, A.J. Burnett, Clay Bucholz, Chris Sale, Cliff Lee

Q.         Who is the only pitcher in the playoff era to give up ten earned runs in a game and still collect the win?
Hint:     He finished the second-half of that season with a 10-4 record leading his team into the playoffs.
Hint:     In his only World Series, he was relieved after 6.1 innings in Game 6 with a 5-0 lead with his team up three games to two.
Hint:     His team collapsed, losing that game and the deciding game seven.
Twint:    He found himself on another team the next season, but led the league in wins and made his only All-Star Game appearance.
A.         Russ Ortiz (21‑May‑2000 16-10 victory over MIL; lost 2000 NLDS to NYM; 2002 WS SFG vs ANA; Game 6
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco            , CA
Incorrect answers:  Bruce Kison, Bruce Hurst, Dave McNally, Brandon McCarthy, John Lackey, Juaquin Andujar, Catfish Hunter, Livan Hernandez

Q.         Who was the first rookie to earn a save in the final game of a World Series?
Hint:     He grew up in a small cabin in rural Idaho which made some think he couldn’t handle the pressure of being a closer in the majors.
Hint:     Despite this, in his third year in the majors, he tied the established record by retiring 41 consecutive batters.
Twint:    Due in no small part to his girth and height, he was named the spokesperson for the Breakfast McGriddle in the Windy City.
A.         Bobby Jenks (G 4 2005 WS; Jim Barr retired 41 in 1972, with teammate Mark Buehrle breaking the record with 45 in 2009; listed at 6'4", 275 lbs.)
FCR -    Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Jim Barr, Jesse Orosco, Todd Worrell, Adam Wainwright, Larry Sherry, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Francisco Rodriguez, Joe Page, Mark Wohlers

WEEKLY THEME – All-Star players born in California’s San Fernando Valley, ergo "Valley Guys"

Players          City
Drysdale   -    Van Nuys
McDowell  -    Van Nuys
Weaver      -    Northridge
Glaus        -    Tarzana
Matthews   -    San Fernando
Ortiz          -    Van Nuys
Jenks        -    Mission Hills
Matthews, Jr.    -    San Francisco (unintentionally misleading—Sorry—we’re normally intentional with those.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Josh Murphy, Cedar Rapids, IA

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  MLB ties to UCLA
               -  Players who married woman named Ann


               -  Angels who played for Pac 10 teams
               -  College World Series winners
               -  Willie McGee

               -  Theme has to do with college?  Maybe PAC 10?
               -  Something to do with them all being Angels players

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