Sunday, June 08, 2008


(Or something like that.)

Basically, this year's squad -- which has dropped from from 7 2/5 good players to 6 1/5 due to Church's road-games-only concussion & Wagner's recent blown save -- isn't very good. That's about it. Not much offensive depth, not much power, not much starting pitching, not too many good bullpen arms. Basically a very average team.

So in honor of this despicable development, yet in combination with my geeky, summertime need to focus on baseball during June . . . I offer you the unofficially-titled & utterly unsolicited Bittersweet Met Trivia Question of the Current Losing Streak of the Day™.

As many of you probably know, the two rarest significant* one game baseball accomplishments are the perfect game & the four homer game. 17 of the former; 15 of the latter. That's it.

That's right, more perfect games than 4 homer games. And that doesn't even include Pedro's "imperfect perfecto" when he retired the first 27 fellas to dig in before giving up a double to Bip Roberts in the 10th. Anyhow. . .

. . . of the 15 guys who went yard 4 times in one game, an incredible 5 of them played for the Mets. But of course, none of them accomplished this tremendous feat while wearing the royal blue & orange.

The challenge to you (without looking at or whatever else) is to NAME THEM.
* Unassisted triple plays, three balks in one inning, 4 foul tips into the catcher's cup, etc. aren't significant. They're freaky.

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Blogger Dan said...

I am guessing here

1. Dave Kingman, of course
2. Fernando Tatis?
3. Willie Mays?
4. George Foster?
5. Jim Hickman?

If not, I would assume Duke Snider or Gil Hodges. I'm pretty sure Eddie Murray didn't, or any of the more recent regulars (e.g., Ventura).

9:27 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

One of the guys on your "official" list is correct, as is one of the the three from the "if not" group.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Rickey knows three for certain:

Shawn Green (Hebrew Hammer!)
Mike Cameron
Gil Hodges...?

And that's all Rickey's got... Rickey's baseball wisdom only goes back 25 years or so, so he might be off on that last guess.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

All 4 of those fellas are correct.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

In the interest of full disclosure, Rickey was watching an SNY broadcast a few weeks ago where they were talking about this exact question. Rickey's blanking on the name of the last guy however...

9:44 AM  
Blogger George said...

Shoot, got here too late to play. I think that Foster is the fifth, no?

And talk about rare occurrences--I got to see Carlos Delgado leg out a triple yesterday. OK, he does have 17 in his career, but none since 2006.

12:44 PM  
Blogger George said...

Oh, and to answer tomorrow's question about the perfect game pitchers who toiled for the Mets and perfected elsewhere: David Cone and Kenny Rogers.

And that cretin of a conservative Jim Bunning threw a perfect game against the Mets.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

Looks like I'm too late.

I guess I spent too much time deciding whether to cheat.

Have we established a fifth yet? If not, I'll guess Kingman.


4:34 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Not Kingman.

9:24 PM  

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