Monday, June 29, 2015

June 22-18, 2015 Pitchers who Surrendered 2 Grand Slams within the Space of 2 Innings

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to clinch the World Series by throwing a Game 7 extra-innings complete game shutout?
Hint:     It earned him his second of three World Series rings – each with different teams.
Hint:     He became a free agent, and won his final ring the very next season.
Twint:    His team went on to win another ring, but he didn’t make the post-season roster.
Twint:    He is now a television color commentator.
A.         JACK MORRIS (10 innings, Game 7 1991 1-0 MIN over ATL; 1984 DET, 1991 MIN, 1992-93 TOR; he went from 21-6 in 1992, to 7-12 in 1993)
FCR -    Mark Mapes, Madison, WI
Incorrect answers:  Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Orel Hershiser, Livan Hernandez

Q.         Who was the first-ever batter in the first-ever regular-season interleague game?
Hint:     He got a base hit. (The first ever, etc., etc…)  Ball, bat, uniform and all are now in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Hint:     In his MLB, debut, as a defensive replacement for Robin Yount, he got a hit in his first at-bat.
Hint:     In consecutive years with the Brewers he won the “Unsung hero Award” followed the next year by the “Good Guy Award”.
Hint:     He played in the postseason with the Rangers, the Giants and the Mets.
Twint:    In his final post, on Sunday morning — Father’s Day — Hamilton changed his profile picture to an image of him with his two older sons.
Twint:    Until his passing, he was employed by MLB A Network.
A.         DARRYL HAMILTON (Interleague firsts 12-Jun-1997; Debut on 06-Jun-1988)
FCR -    Tal Smith, Sugar Land, TX
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         Who gave up the home run that allowed Sammy Sosa to pass Roger Maris on the season home run record list?
Hint:     He was traded by the Yankees to Oakland and then back to the Yankees with both deals sending Rickey Henderson in the opposite direction.
Hint:     He was the winning pitcher in the first game at “The Jake”.
Twint:    He really didn’t hit as many batters as his name might indicate.
A.         ERIC PLUNK (HR62, 13-Sep-1998; 05-Dec-1984 NYY with 4 others to OAK, and 21-Jun-1989 OAK with two others to NYY each time in exchange for “The Man of Steal” (plus others; 04-Apr-1994 Opening Day at Jacobs Field – now Progressive Field.  He finished the 10th and took SEA 1-2-3 in the top 11th to get the W with a walk-off win; never led the league in HBP facing 5030 batters with only 32 career HBP).
FCR -    Neil Cohen, Brooklyn, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jose Rijo, David Cone, Jeff Nelson, Jim Mecir, Bronswell Patrick, Steve Trachsel, Greg Cadaret

Q.         Who, along with Max Scherzer, was traded to the Tigers from the Diamondbacks in a trade that involved three teams and seven players?
Hint:     He is the last native-born Alaskan to pitch in the postseason.
Hint:     In that last appearance, he faced one batter in relief of his Scherzer but failed to stop a nine-run 3rd inning rally.
Hint:     His final season in the majors was the year prior to Scherzer’s taking the Cy Young Award.
Twint:    His father won three Super Bowl rings, and made two Pro Bowls.
A.         DANIEL SCHLERETH (Three team trade also sent Curtis Granderson from DET to NYY 08-Dec-2009; Born 09-May-1986 Anchorage, AK 2011 ALCS Game 6, he faced only one batter with the bases full, yielding a single and two runs; Father Mark Schlereth won one SB with the Redskins and two with the Broncos, and Pro Bowl 1991, 1998)
FCR -    Mark Pattison, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Curt Schilling

Q.         Who was the first native of South Korea to play in the Major Leagues?
Hint:     He is the only one of his countrymen to win 100 big league games – and the only one to lose nearly 100 games.
Hint:     He is the most recent pitcher from South Korea to appear in the World Series.
Hint:     He is the only player to surrender a batter’s 71st homer in a season.
Hint:     And in the same game, he also became the only pitcher to yield a 72nd home run.
Twint:    Four million of his countrymen share his last name.
A.         CHAN HO PARK (Park debuted 08-April-1994, the 2nd player from ROK was Jin Ho Cho 1998; Career record 124-98, closest is Byung-Hyun Kim at 54-60; 2009 WS with PHI, Byung-Hyun Kim was well known for yielding homers in the 2001 WS; He gave up the two record setting homers – which eclipsed Big Mac’s total of 1998 total of 70 - to Barry Bonds 05-Oct-2001; Park, 3rd most in ROK after Kim and Lee)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Byung-Hyun Kim, Hideo Nomo, Bruce Chen, Rocky Bridges

Q.         Who is said to be the only pitcher in major league history to start both ends of a double header as his final games?
Hint:     He didn’t win either game, but he did take a loss.
Hint:     He was the first National League pitcher in the modern era to steal home.
Hint:     When he died in 1953, he had been one of the last surviving pitchers to throw from the old pitching distance of 50 feet.
Twint:    Though he lived to the age of 85, his son tragically lost his life at age seventeen when he was buried alive in an industrial accident.
Twint:    It was at the site of the factory owned by his father.
A.         JOCK MENEFEE (Final games 07-Sep-1903 at age 35, and according to his SABR BIO he didn’t get a win in either game; 15-Jul-1902 5th inning, AL pitcher Win Mercer stole home in 1901; His son was accidently buried in loose dirt at one of Jock’s factory sites)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:   Kid Nichols, Iron Man McGinnity, Cy Young, Mordecai Brown, Ed Summers

Q.         Which pitcher with minimum 10 starts had the lowest ERA for the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers?
Hint:     It is his only winning season in the majors.
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to give up a walk-off homer to Andrew McCutcheon during his MVP season.
Hint:     It is the only walk-off homer he has ever yielded.
Twint:    He once hit two different batters in a single “at bat” with both pitches being strikes.
Twint:    Needless to say, there was a benches clearing brawl, but the person that paid the biggest price was that season’s home run king.
A.         MIKE FIERS (2014 MIL 2.13 ERA, He went 6-5 in 2014; 2013 MVP Andrew McCutchen walk-off 14-May-2013 PIT 4-3 12-inning victory; 11-Sep-2014 he hit Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a fastball that broke several bone.  Stanton, however, swung and acquired a second strike.  “Reed Johnson had to complete the at-bat. Fiers struck him out on a pitch that also hit him, prompting a bench-clearing brawl.”  Fiers went 0-4 the rest of the season)
FCR -    Phil Hertz, North Bethesda, MD
Incorrect answers:  Kyle Lohse, Jimmy Nelson, Jonathan Broxton

Q          Who managed the team that won the first Federal League pennant?
Hint:     The next year the team moved, and mid-season he was replaced as manager by a future Hall of Famer who had been their starting third baseman.
Hint:     He was the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to lead his league in earned runs yielded.
Twint:    He went 17-9 his only winning season but his team, which included four future Hall of Famers including their manager, only managed to finish in 6th place.
A.         BILL PHILLIPS (1914 Indianapolis Hoosiers, one of only two years the Federal League was a “major league”;1915 Newark Pepper where Bill McKechnie took the reins, but still finished 5thled the National League 1901 with 145ER; 1899 Cincinnati Reds 83-67 despite a lineup that included Sam Crawford, Bid McPhee, Jake Beckley, and manager Buck Ewing)
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers: 

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who yielded two grand slams within two consecutive innings

Pitcher         Boxscore           GS player (in), player (in)
Phillips         16-Aug-1890       Malachi Kittridge, Tom Burns (both b 5th)
Menefee       12-Aug-1903       Joe Stanley (b 3rd), Pat Moran (b 4th)
Morris          07-Aug-1984       Bill Buckner (b 1st), Tony Armas (b 2nd)
Plunk           31-Jul-1986         Brian Downing (t 3rd), Bob Boone (t 4th)
Park             23-Apr-1999        Fernando Tatis (both t 3rd)
Schlereth      28-Jun-2011        Jason Bay (t 4th), Carlos Beltran (t 5th)
Fiers            21-Apr-2015        Jay Bruce (t 3rd), Todd Frazier (t 4th)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA (after Plunk Q.)

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 15-21, 2015 Batters with 6 strikeouts in a single game

Q.         Whose 219 are more hits than any other Milwaukee Brewer has ever hit in a season?
Hint:     Of those, 157 were singles, also a franchise record.
Hint:     That same season he had three hitting streaks of at least 15 games.
Twint:    He broke even as the Houston Astros manager.
Twint:    He is the only player to collect 200 hits in consecutive seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers.
A.         CECIL COOPER (Big year 1980; .501 in 3 yrs as Astros mgr; 200 H 1982-83)
FCR -    Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC
Incorrect answers:  Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Craig Counsel, Ichiro Suzuki, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez

Q.         Who was the first visiting player to hit ten career home runs at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark?
Hint:     Four Hall of Famers played at the same school where he played college ball.  (Not at the same time.  That would be a record.)
Hint:     He broke the 20-home-run barrier seven times in the majors and was named to the All‑Star team in the fourth of those seasons.
Hint:     He played for the same team for his first ten years in the majors, then joined another team for his last year and won a World Series ring.
Twint:    He was Team USA's top hitter in the 1994 Baseball World Cup.
A.         GEOFF JENKINS (Attended & played @ USC as did Ralph Kiner, Tom Seaver, Don Sutton & Randy Johnson; AS in 2003 [DNP]; 10 yrs with MIL, 2008 with PHI)
FCR -    Kevin Winstanley, Eatontown, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Lance Berkman, Sean Casey, Prince Fielder, Craig Biggio, Mark McGwire, Bob Horner

Q.         Who hit the first ever home run at Anaheim Stadium?
Hint:     He hit it off (pre-operation) Tommy John.
Hint:     John and the White Sox still won the game.
Hint:     It was the only year of the slugger’s eleven-year major league career when he received MVP votes.
Hint:     Maybe the voters were impressed by his league-leading 13 HBP, his only black ink.
Hint:     He played for the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl for the NCAA football national championship.
Twint:    He was so fast afoot that he forewent baseball in high school so he could focus on track and field.
Twint:    He didn’t even play baseball in college until his junior year.
FCR -    Bob Muse, San Diego, CA
Incorrect answers:  Alex Johnson, Harvey Kuenn, Willie Mays, Leon Wagner, Don Money, Don Baylor, Don Mincher, Bobby Grich, Jim Fregosi, Ted Kluszewski

Q.         Whose error in the 13th inning spoiled Harvey Haddix' perfect game?
Hint:     He was a pro boxer as a teenager, retiring from the ring after suffering seven straight knockouts.
Hint:     While he was a Pirates managerial candidate, he died of a heart attack chasing his brother-in-law's stolen car.
Twint:    He was one of the Cincinnati Redlegs “chosen” by the fans to start the 1957 All-Star Game.
Twint:    City slickers take his memory everywhere.
A.         DON HOAK (E:  26-May-1959 [It was still a no-hitter at that point.]; Death 09-Oct-1969; “City Slickers” clip:
FCR -    Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON
Incorrect answers:  Felix Mantilla, Hal Smith, Billy Cox, Joe Adcock, Rocky Bridges

Q.         Who holds the record for most home runs in a season where he played fifty games or fewer?
Hint:     He hit his only career triple off Nolan Ryan.
Hint:     In 389 career times on base, he attempted to steal exactly once.  Ernie Whitt threw him out.
Twint:    His defense was considered so suspect that his entire career boasts of only twelve games in the field.
Twint:    And it wasn’t until his June of his third season in the majors that he even put on a glove and that was as an emergency, extra-inning replacement at first base.
A.         SAM HORN (14 HR, 1987 46 G, several tied at 13 including Ted Williams’ 1953 season interrupted by military duty; 3b 05-May-1992; CS 28-Jul-1987; Debut in the field 04‑Jun‑1989)
FCR -    Jim Turner, Tallahassee, FL
Incorrect answers:  Kevin Maas, Cliff Johnson, George Mitterwald, Steve Balboni, Don Drysdale

Q.         Whose fielding miscue, if played properly, might have eliminated “Bartman” from baseball vernacular?
Hint:     His Venezuelan counterpart at shortstop that game had the exact same name.
Hint:     Unlike his namesake, he led his team in home runs, RBI and doubles for that series, with an OPS of 1.012.
Hint:     That was the only year of his 13 seasons in the majors when he was in postseason play.
Twint:    He is the only Toronto Blue Jay to ever lead the league in sacrifice hits.
A.         ALEX (…ander Scott) GONZALEZ (Had he turned Miggie’s grounder into a DP, the Bartman “incident” may have been forgotten or might never had occurred; Marlins SS Alex Gonzalez3 HR/7 RBI tied with Ramirez, two 2B tied with Randall Simon 2003 NLCS;16 SH 2000)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  Moises Alou

Q.         Which former Angel has a cult autograph-seeking following for his "angelic" 1972 Topps card (#19)?
Hint:     There is no indication he was aware of the photographers juxtaposition of a landmark symbol at Anaheim Stadium.  (There’s also no indication that he wasn’t.)
Hint:     The Sporting News called him “Clarence Darrow of the clubhouse”.
Hint:     He once confronted Dick Enberg saying “You cost me $200, you son of a bitch.  I ought to take $200 out of your voice.”
Twint:    He was bussed by The Bandit.
A.         BILLY COWAN (Topps Halo card image []—Link is source for other hints.)
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Alex Johnson

WEEKLY THEME – Batters with six strikeouts in a game

Batter               Date                 Pitchers
Hoak*               02-May-1956     A. Worthington, D. Liddle, H. Wilhelm, S. Ridzik, M. Grissom
Reichardt          31-May-1966     S. Siebert, S. Hargan
Cowan              09-Jul-1971       V. Blue, R. Fingers
Cooper             14-Jun-1974      N. Ryan, B. Raziano
Horn**               17-Jul-1991       M. Gubicza, M. Magnante, S. Davis, J. Montgomery, L. Aquino
Gonzalez           09-Sep-1998      D. Gooden, P. Shuey, D. Jones, M. Jackson
Jenkins             08-Jun-2004      K. Escobar, F. Rodriguez, S. Shields, K. Gregg, R. Ortiz

*Also had a walk and a single
**Also had a walk

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX (after Reichardt Q.)

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 8-15, 2015 B. Colon over the Orioles in 7 Different Uniforms

Q.         Who is only pitcher to finish his career with a twenty-win season in the 21st century?
Hint:     It was the only twenty-win season of his eighteen-year career.
Hint:     He was the last Oriole to lead the American League in innings pitched.
Twint:    Perhaps he was called “Alces” by fellow scholars at his alma mater.
A.         MIKE MUSSINA (20 W 2008; Career 270-153 W/L; 237.2 IP the 2000 season; “Alces alces” is Latin for “Moose”, attendedStanford University)
FCR -    Barry Nelson, Guilderland, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jon Lieber, Mike Boddiker, Jim Palmer

Q.         Who was the Toronto Blue Jays’ first Cy Young Award winner?
Hint:     Team doctor and former major leaguer Ron Taylor, described him as the “…best physical player I’ve ever examined—easy choice.”
Hint:     He is the only major leaguer to complete the avian trifecta without playing for any other team.
Twint:    He is currently working for the Blue Jays and has twice been their major league pitching coach.
A.         PAT HENTGEN (1996 CYA; Taylor quote in personal conversation with Horsehide Trivia [in his office]; Trifecta: Blue Jays, Orioles, Cardinals)
FCR -    Steven Coleman, Belleville, IL
Incorrect answers:  Dave Stieb, Roger Clemens, Jimmy Key, Roy Halladay, Dave Stewart

Q.         Who trails only Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins for strikeouts in a modern-day season by a Canadian-born pitcher?
Hint:     That season, he set his franchise’s single-season strikeouts-per-nine-innings per nine innings record at 10.93.
Hint:     His team responded by trading him in the off season and his career has been lackluster (34-57) since then, putting in time with five different teams.
Hint:     The players he was traded for, however, have accumulated 3 Gold Gloves, 6 All-Star appearances, 67 pitching wins, 56 saves, a Silver Slugger Award and an Opening Day pitching start.
Twint:   He grew seven inches and gained 30 pounds during the summer between graduating from high school and beginning college.
Twint:   While in college, he added 10 miles per hour to his fastball and gained ANOTHER 30 pounds.
A.         ERIK BEDARD (221 K in 2007 for BAL; February 8, 2008: Traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Seattle Mariners for Adam Jones, George Sherrill and Chris Tillman [et al]; attended Norwalk High School and Norwalk Community College.)
FCR -    Mike Massaroli, Staten Island, NY
Incorrect answers:  Ryan Dempster, Aaron Harang, Jake Peavey, Reggie Cleveland

Q.         Which player was knighted by his queen but later ran afoul of the law there when he hit a judge in a Christmas-day altercation?
Hint:     Later the next season, his major league team then released him.
Hint:     The union then helped him recoup the amount remaining on his contract.
Twint:    He was the winning pitcher for the Netherlands in an upset game of the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
A.         SIDNEY PONSON (Released by the Orioles 2005; WBC win 07-Mar-2009)
FCR -    Gregg Bernstein, Oakland, CA
Incorrect answers:  Hensley Meulens, Armando Benitez, Bartolo Colon    

Q.         What pitcher is the only Tide alum to lead either league in winning percentage?
Hint:     His ERA of 16.36 in his first year was NOT indicative of the success he would have later.
Hint:     He has pitched in the postseason three different years for two different teams.
Twint:    He went to his first team when Mark DeRosa left to go to the Chicago Cubs via free agency.
A.         TOMMY HUNTER (13-4, .756 in 2010; High ERA was only for 2 G; Postseason for TEX and BAL; DeRosa went to CHI from HOU.)
FCR -    Jeff Epstein, Dallas, TX
Incorrect answers:  Roy Halladay, Frank Lary, Tim Hudson, Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Dwight Gooden

Q.         Who was the Opening Day starting pitcher for last National League team based in Texas in its first year in the American League?
Hint:     He later led the AL in hitting batters the same year that he had his best season in victories.
Hint:     He shares an alma mater with Ozzie Smith.
Hint:     Twenty other players throughout major league history have shared his nickname.
Hint:     Yet none shares the same actual first name (or each other’s).
Twint:    He was the first pitcher in 2012 to strike out four batters in an inning.
A.         BUD NORRIS (31-Mar-2013 [Notice who got the save!]; 14 HBP in 2014, record of 15-8; Cal-Poly; “Bud”; 4 K 3rd inning 24-Apr-2012)
FCR -    Dave Raglin, McLean, VA
Incorrect answers:  Dallas Keuchel, Dick Bosman, Bob Bruce

Q.         Whose breakout season with the Orioles was a pitching record of 16-7?
Hint:     His record at the break was 11-3 and he was chosen for the AL All-Star team.
Hint:     They put the ball in his hand so much the following year, he tied for most games started in the majors.
Hint:     True, it was a ten-way tie, but included in that group were four Cy Young Award winners.
Hint:     He has been the Orioles’ Opening Day starter ever since.
Twint:    He was a minor-league throw-in with the trade that brought Adam Jones to Baltimore from the Mariners in exchange for Erik Bedard.
A.         CHRIS TILLMAN (34 GS in 2014; AS in 2013; OD starter 2014-15; ASG 2013)
FCR -    Mike Massaroli, Staten Island, NY
Incorrect answers:  Wei-Yin Chen, Jim Palmer, Mike Timlin

Q.         What pitcher made his major league debut for the Orioles with a start in Chicago on the 4th of July?
Hint:     He had played for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League in 2004, going 7–0 with a 0.88 ERA.
Hint:     He was a Summer League First-Team All-American starting pitcher that year.
Hint:     He attended Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (two years ahead of Bud Norris), where in his last year he was 12–4 with a 2.71 ERA.
Hint:     In 2005 he was a Big West Conference All-Star starting pitcher.
Twint:    His last year as a professional was in the Korean Baseball Association.
A.         GARRETT OLSON (Debut 04-Jul-2007; Cal Poly; KBA)
FCR -    Jim Turner, Tallassee, FL
Incorrect answers:  Casey Fien, Scott Feldman

Q:         Who was the last Oriole pitcher to give up a homer to the "Big Hurt"?
Hint:     It was the final homer of the slugger’s final full season.
Hint:     He also gave up the last home run Dan Uggla hit in Uggla's only Silver Slugger season.
Hint:     During the Yankees last World Series winning season, he gave up homers to Giambi, Damon, Abreu and A-Rod—all in one game.
Twint:    He married a Miami Dolphin cheerleader.
A:         BRIAN BURRES (Frank Thomas HR in 2007, a 3-run HR 25-Sep-2007; Uggla SS 2010;  27-May-2008 won by BAL 10-9; married to Lacie Randall)
FCR -    Rick Tharp, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Cole Hamels, George Sherrill

Q.         Which California native shares his birth city with a Hall of Famer and a Rookie of the Year Award winner?
Hint:     During his one season with the Rangers, he led the whole staff in Win-Loss% (.750) and his ERA of 3.55 trailed only that of the team’s closer.
Hint:     Despite these stats, he was made a free agent and was signed by Cleveland.
Hint:     With the Indians, he went 0-0 in 4 appearances facing only 30 batters.
Twint:    It was the final year of his major league career.
Twint:    He pitched for a year for the LG Twins of the in Korean Baseball Association.
A.         RICK BAUER (B. Garden Grove, CA, other notable natives Bert Blyleven &, Bobby Crosby. [N.B. Scott Carpenter had been listed on Garden Grove’s Wikipedia page—now removed.]; 2006 TEX .750 W-L% & 3.55 ERA in 58 relief appearances; 2008 after playing in the minors in 2007)
FCR -    Jim Turner, Tallahassee, FL
Incorrect answers:  Scott Feldman

WEEKLY THEME – The 7 Baltimore Orioles pitchers that lost to Bartolo Colon, is the first pitcher in baseball history to beat one team playing for 7 different teams.  He beat the O’s pitching for LAA, CHW, CLE, NYY, BOS, OAK and NYM)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Rich Klein, Plano, TX

Losing P.       Game           Colon’s team      Colon In Uniform for the…
Ponson       11-May-1999       CLE                   Indians
Ponson       15-Aug-1999       CLE                   Indians
Mussina      03-Apr-2000        CLE                   Indians           1
Hentgen      18-Apr-2001        CLE                   Indians
Bauer          15-May-2002       CLE                   Indians
Ponson       15-May-2003       CHW                  White Sox      2
Ponson       02-Aug-2005       LAA                    Angels           3
Bedard       24-Aug-2005       LAA                    Angels
Burres         01-Jun-2008        BOS                   Red Sox        4
Olson         11-Jun-2008        BOS                   Red Sox
Tillman        30-Jul-2011         NYY                   Yankees        5
Hunter         28-Jul-2012         OAK                   A’s                6
Norris         05-May-2015       NYM                   Mets              7

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Orioles opening day starters in the 2000s

Wed        -  Highest paid pitchers each season for the Orioles in the 2000s
               -  Pitchers who pitched for the Baltimore orioles who lost the first game they pitched in the postseason against an expansion team? (And it wasn't for the orioles).

Friday      -  Orioles Opening Day starters at Camden Yards

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