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Our Special Bonds: Lucky 7s (Answers)

Answers to the quiz found here:

1) Current Long Island Ducks infielder Edgardo Alfonzo ranks 7th on the club's all-time list with 120 home runs, and yes, he never hit a walk-off home run.

2) I narrowed it down for you considerably by telling you it was a lefthander, and perhaps you divined that the correct choice is Jon Matlack and not Sid Fernandez.

3) Rusty Staub had his first Mets walk-off RBI in 1974 and his last in 1984. In between he had five others, giving him 7, one shy of the club record held by Kevin McReynolds

4) Clint Hurdle had the misfortune of being a Met in 1985 and 1987, but not 1986. He was with the Cardinals that season but, unlucky for him, was not with them during those other two campaigns.

5) Jerry Grote held the lucky spot in the Mets batting order more often than any of his teammates.

6) The unlikely combo of Howard Johnson (1992-93) and Roger Cedeno (2002-03) each had a pair of 7-homer seasons long after their best days in the big leagues had concluded.

7) Rafael Santana was two batters after Ray Knight and his RBI single plated Len Dykstra. Keith Hernandez came up later in the inning and brought Santana home with a sacrifice fly, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead in the ultimate game with two innings to play.



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