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Our Special Bonds: Hoot and Holler

I want to make the quizzes on this site a consistent occurrence during the offseason (ie: weekly) and I was blocked for something to write about until I found out that Friday marks the 72nd birthday for a Mets nemesis (and former pitching coach, Bob Gibson). I've done my fair share of referencing Gibson on this site, though his 28-14 mark against the Flushing fellows makes it hard to find too many positives. I don't know the demographics of my readership, but I'm guessing those that never saw Gibson pitch will struggle mightily with this quiz, while those in the 50-and-older set, will have a better shot.

Answers here:
(As always, thank you

1) Bob Gibson allowed at least five home runs to 7 different players. Two of them have a Mets connection. One played for the Mets for a single season and is not fondly remembered. The other coached for the Mets, the same year that Gibson d…

The Runnin' Of the Bulldogs

So I got sucked in to watching a chunk of this major upset in college basketball last night, in which Gardner-Webb shocked Kentucky.

Turns out that Gardner-Webb was named after the former governor of North Carolina and his wife, which is funny, because I thought it was dubbed in that manner in honor of a pair of former Mets walk-off winners.

We've written about Rob Gardner previously (Wes Gardner never got a walk-off win for the Mets) and I think he could live up to the Gardner-Webb nickname (see blog title) but I don't believe we've ever referenced former Met Hank Webb.

Webb (who looked a little like Calvin Schiraldi) won 7 games in his big league career and though he had cameo appearances with the Mets in 1972, 1973, 1974 (his miscue cost the Mets in a 25-inning loss to the Cardinals),and 1976, his only victories came with the 1975 Mets.

The first of those came as the result of some walk-off perseverance. Webb had pitched three innings of relief in a 7-3 loss to the Braves o…

Good as Gold

Kudos to David Wright and Carlos Beltran.

Most Gold Gloves
Mets History

Keith Hernandez 6 (1B)
Rey Ordonez 3 (SS)
Carlos Beltran 2 (OF)
Tommie Agee 1 (OF)
David Wright 1 (3B)
Bud Harrelson 1 (SS)
Doug Flynn 1 (2B)
Robin Ventura 1 (3B)
Ron Darling 1 (P)

Some interesting minutiae

* Tommie Agee was the first Mets Gold Glove winner (1970), winning in the same year in which he had a walk-off steal of home.

* Keith Hernandez had one more Mets Gold Glove (6) than he had walk-off RBI (5).

* Rey Ordonez had as many Mets walk-off hits as he had Gold Gloves (3).

* Doug Flynn is the only position player on this list not to have had a walk-off hit for the Mets.

* Ron Darling allowed a walk-off home run the year after he won the Gold Glove (he won in 1989). It was the only walk-off allowed by Darling in his Mets career.

* Hernandez, Ordonez, Ventura, Beltran, and David Wright all had walk-off hits in years in which they won a Gold …

Marlon Way(ans)

I've liked what Marlon Anderson has brought to the Mets in both of his stints with the team, so I'm happy to hear that he's going to re-sign with the club. He is quite the useful player and his value is significant.

I also like the following piece of trivia: Marlon Anderson's first career walk-off hit came against the Marlins.

How funny is that? That there's a Mets connection throughout this game makes it pretty cool.

It happened on April 9, 2001, when Anderson was a second baseman, hitting eighth, for the Phillies, who had to rally to pick up this particular victory. Florida jumped out in front 4-1 edge with four runs in the third, capped by Cliff Floyd's three-run home run against Bruce Chen, following a two-out error.

Bobby Abreu's home run cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth and Philadelphia's game-tying rally would come in the seventh inning when the first two hitters reached, and Brad Penny was chased for Braden Looper. The future Mets closer got outs, b…