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Our Special Bonds: Grand Slam Single (Questions)

Happy anniversary to the Grand Slam Single (October 17, 1999), and we'll make this the last of 3 straight days of Mets quizzes, with these questions specifically geared towards that game and series.

If you want to read a remembrance of the game, go here

Answers here:

1) Masato Yoshii started and pitched 3 innings, Octavio Dotel relieved and pitched 3 innings, but name the Met whose 3 1/3 inning stint was the longest for the Mets in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS.

2) Three players for the Braves in that game also played for the Mets at one point in their career. Name the backup catcher, the starting outfielder, and the relief pitcher, the latter of whom was the losing pitcher in Game 4 of this series.

3) Name the (now-disdained) Met who had the team's highest batting average in the series (minimum 10 AB), though he played, but did not bat in Game 5.

4) Someone who pitched in this game finished his career with a 7-0 record at Shea Stadium, the 2nd-best unbeaten mark there, trailing only Larry Jackson's 8-0. Name the pitcher.

5) Name the Mets who had the go-ahead RBI in the 8th and 10th innings of Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS. Each played a key role in extra innings in Game 5 of the series.

6) There was another playoff game played on this date in 1999, an ALCS matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox. The Yankees won, 9-2. Name the former and future Mets who homered in that game for the Yankees.

7) Shawon Dunston's last regular season home run came in 2002 against the Padres. The pitcher against whom he homered pitched for the Mets in 1999, but did not appear in the postseason. He did pitch for the Mets in the following postseason. Name that pitcher.

8) Robin Ventura hit 18 grand slams in the regular season, including two in a game in 1995 against the Texas Rangers. The first of those grand slams was hit against someone who pitched in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS, albeit not for long. Name the pitcher.

9) Combining the 294 regular season and 3 postseason, Robin Ventura hit 297 career home runs (the grand slam single doesn't count). There is someone who played Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS who finished his career with 297 REGULAR SEASON home runs (he also had 5 in the postseason). Name him.

10) Prior to Ventura's grand slam single, who had the Mets last hit with a runner in scoring position.


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