Skip to main content

Our Special Bonds: I'm Keith Hernandez (Questions)

Wednesday is the 22nd anniversary of one of my favorite regular season walk-off wins and since I don't feel I could write it any better than this

I'm going to use it as a means of segue to ask some trivia about a favorite, whose base hit won that game, for whom there's a short film out bearing his name, and who has taken some flak from local media for spending too much time goofing off in the booth. So without further ado, let's get to some Keith Hernandez trivia questions. As always, mucho thankyous to, without which such frivolity would not be possible.

Answers here:

1) Keith actually shortchanged himself on the air the other day, claiming he only he had one multi-homer game in his career. That wasn't true. He had three, and his first was against the Mets. But getting back to the two-homer game he referenced. It came on April 26, 1988 and the second home run was against former Met Charlie Puleo. Who (of Met significance) was the first homer of that game against?

2) Speaking of home runs, Hernandez had 162 in his career. Against which former Met, who had a greatly significant couple of games against the Mets, did Hernandez hit his most home runs- 6?

3) Keith Hernandez has the most 5-hit games in Mets history, with 3. Name the two other Mets who had 2.

4) Twenty five years ago today (September 12), Keith Hernandez had a 15-game hit streak snapped. It was his longest hitting streak as a member of the Cardinals. Which mediocre Mets pitcher snapped Hernandez's hit streak and pitched a complete-game three-hitter that day?

5) Lefthanded pitcher Gary Lucas hit only one lefthanded batter in the regular season in his major league career- Hernandez. He hit a lefthanded batter in the postseason and that batter played a significant role in Mets history. Name him.

6) Keith Hernandez played in one major-league game in Yankee Stadium. Among his teammates that day were two former '86 Mets, and a current Met. Name any (or all) of the three to which I'm referring.

7) Keith Hernandez was a 42nd round pick in the 1971 MLB Amateur Draft. In that draft, the Mets picked 14th in the first round and selected a player named Rich Puig. The next pick in the draft hit a lot of home runs, but faced the Mets in the postseason and didn't hit any. Name the player whom the Mets passed up.

8) What Hall of Famer was the first pitcher to strike Keith Hernandez out three times in one game?

9) Against which Hall of Famer did Keith Hernandez hit his only World Series home run?

10) Keith Hernandez went 0-for-9 or worse in his career against 4 major-league pitchers. One of the pitchers in that group is a former Met and at least Hernandez can say he reached base via error against this pitcher. Name him.


Anonymous said…
Friday night is Keith Hernandez mustache night at Shea. Glad to see he's finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Popular posts from this blog

Best Games I Know: Phillies (Updated)

  The best wins against the Phillies in Mets history …   May 5, 2022 – Mets 8, Phillies 7 The Mets score 7 runs in the 9 th inning to overcome a 7-1 deficit and win in Philadelphia.   April 29, 2022 – Mets 3, Phillies 0 Tylor Megill and 4 Mets relievers combine on the second no-hitter in franchise history.   September 22, 2016 – Mets 9, Phillies 8 (11) The Mets tie it in the 9 th on a Jose Reyes home run and win it in the 11 th on a 3-run home run by Asdrubal Cabrera.   July 17, 2016 - Mets 5, Phillies 0 Jacob deGrom pitches a one-hitter. Only hit is a single by Zach Eflin in the 5 th inning.   August 24, 2015 – Mets 16, Phillies 7 David Wright homers in his first at-bat in more than 4 months. The Mets hit a team-record 8 home runs.   July 5, 2012 – Mets 6, Phillies 5 The Mets score 2 runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9 th to beat Jonathan Papelbon. The winning run scores on David Wright’s bloop down the right field line.   August 13

The best Mets ejections I know

When you think of the Mets and famous ejections, I'm guessing you first think of the famous Bobby Valentine mustache game, when after Valentine got tossed, he returned to the dugout in disguise. You know it. You love it. I remember being amused when I asked Bobby V about it while we were working on Baseball Tonight, how he simply said "It worked. We won the game." (true) But the Bobby V mustache game of June 9, 1999 is one of many, many memorable Mets ejection stories. And now thanks to Retrosheet and the magic of , we have a convenient means for being able to share them. Ever since Retrosheet's David Smith recently announced that the Retrosheet ejection database was posted online , I've been a kid in a candy store. I've organized the data and done some lookups of media coverage around the games that interested me post. Those newspaper accounts fill in a lot of blanks. Without further ado (and with more work to do), here are some of my findings

Trip(le) Through Time

In their illustrious history, the Mets have had one 'Triple Crown Winner,' so to speak and I'm not talking about the typical meaning of the term. I've gotten some queries recently as to whether a walk-off triple is even possible and I'm here to tell you that it is. There has been one, and only one, in Mets history, though I don't have the full explanation of circumstances that I would like. It took place against the Phillies on September 10, 1970. This was a marathon game that would have fit in perfectly with those having taken place so far this season and allowed the Mets to maintain a temporary hold on first place in an NL East race oft forgotten in team history. It went 14 innings, with a tinge of controversy in a negated Ken Boswell home run, a thrilling play by Bud Harrelson, who stole home in the third inning, and some stellar relief pitching, in the form of five scoreless innings from Danny Frisella, aided by Tim McCarver getting thrown out in a rundown b