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Our Special Bonds: 99 Bottles of Mets on the Wall

99 players have played for both the Mets and Red Sox in their careers (thank you Baseball-Reference).

Let's test your knowledge of some of them...Answers in the comments section.

1- Five pitchers have pitched for both the Mets and Red Sox and won a Cy Young Award. Tom Seaver and Pedro Martinez are two of them. Name the other three.

2- Five players who played in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series have played for both the Mets and Red Sox. Name them.

3- Name the 2 player who played for both the Mets and Red Sox who stole 20+ bases for each of them. Both had "problematic" baseball careers.

4- Name the pitcher who gave up a World Series-ending walk-off hit who pitched for both the Mets (before it) and the Red Sox (after it).

5- Name the pitcher who went 11-25 combined with the Mets and Red Sox. He pitched for them 12 years apart (Red Sox in the 1980s and Mets in the 1990s). His career record with teams other than those two: 229-211.

6- Five players who played for both the Mets and Red Sox played in the "Grand Slam Single" game (1999 NLCS Game 5). This one requires hints.

- One had 50 stolen bases combined for the two teams.
- One played 13 games for the Red Sox, and 13 has a significance to his connection to the Mets.
- One finished his career with the 2005 Red Sox.
- One allowed a walk-off home run to Chad Curtis in the World Series.
- One went 2-0 for the 1996 Red Sox, 1-0 for the 1997 Red Sox, and 8-0 for the 1999 Mets.

7- Name the relief pitcher who had a pair of 40-save seasons. He had one for the Red Sox, and one for the team to whom the Mets traded him.

8- The Mets Opening Day starter in 1984 was a not-so-well-liked former Red Sox pitcher. Name him.

9- Three players who hit 100+ home runs for the Red Sox have played for the Mets in their careers. Name them.

10- Who had the most home runs by a Met (81), who also played for the Red Sox in his career?


metswalkoffs said…
1- The 5 pitchers who pitched for the Mets/Sox who won a Cy Young Award.

Pedro Martinez
Tom Seaver
David Cone
Bret Saberhagen
Frank Viola

2- The 5 Mets/Sox who played in Game 6 of the 1986 WS

Bob Ojeda
Kevin Mitchell
Calvin Schiraldi
Rick Aguilera
Danny Heep

3- The only players to steal 20 bases for both the Mets and Sox is not Rickey Henderson. It's Joe Foy and Carl Everett.

4- Alejandro Pena pitched for both the Mets and Sox, and allowed a World Series-ending hit in between for the Braves.

5- Frank Tanana went 11-25 with the Mets/Sox, 229-211 with everyone else.

6- The 5 who played in the Grand Slam Single game are.

- Rickey Henderson (50 steals)
- Benny Agabayani (13 games for Sox, 13th-inning walk-off HR in playoffs for Mets)
- John Olerud (ended with 2005 Red Sox)
- Mike Remlinger (Chad Curtis HR)
- Pat Mahomes (11-0 with the teams from 1996-1999)

7- Jeff Reardon had 40-save seasons for the Sox/Expos, but none with the Mets.

8- Not-so-well-liked former Red Sox pitcher Mike Torrez was the Mets Opening Day starter in 1984.

9- Red Sox sluggers Mo Vaughn, John Valentin, and Trot Nixon all hit 100+ for that team, but combined for 33 for the Mets.

10- Cliff Floyd had 81 Mets home runs, the most by any Met who played for the Sox.

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