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Our Special Bonds: October Notables (Answers)

Answers to the questions found here:

1) Jorge Posada joins current Mets manager Willie Randolph as the only Yankees to strike out to end a postseason series. Randolph pulled a Carlos Beltran, striking out looking to end Game 3 of the 1980 ALCS against the Royals.

2) A tough one for you youngsters...The Giants catcher the day of Bobby Thomson's HR was the second Mets manager, Wes Westrum. The Dodgers catcher later became pitching coach and worked under Gil Hodges on the 1969 Mets, Rube Walker.

3) "Future" Met is the clue that tells you that the answer wasn't Jesse Orosco. Instead, it was Alejandro Pena, who got the win when Kirk Gibson homered off Dennis Eckersley.

4) The Braves used a former Met, Jeff Reardon, to close the top of the 9th, prior to Francisco Cabrera's walk-off hit in the bottom of the frame, which clinched the 1992 NLCS for Atlanta.

5) 1960 World Series goat (and 1962 World Series star) Ralph Terry won 0 games for the Mets during his brief tenure with the team.

6) Armando Benitez gave up the tying home run, but it was Randy Myers who surrendered the winning home run by Bernie Williams to end the "Jeffrey Maier Game."

7) Some might think that this answer is Willie Randolph as well, but it's not. The next batter due up actually went hitless during his time with the Mets. Some might say his son, Roberto, did too. I'm referring to Sandy Alomar Sr. as the man scheduled to bat next prior to Chris Chambliss' home run.

8) As Pedro Martinez once asked: Who is Karim Garcia? Turns out, he was the guy who was likely to bat next had Tim Wakefield gotten Aaron Boone out.

9) He wasn't a Met for long, but you'll surely see his face in flashbacks to Luis Gonzalez's game-winning hit this week. It plated Jay Bell with the 2001 World Series-winning run.

10) The 1985 Cardinals were not a team that I enjoy remembering, and this guy had far better days against the Mets than for them. On the day that Ozzie Smith hit his unlikely home run, it was Tom Herr who had the other 2 RBI for St. Louis.

11) Let's end on a positive note, shall we? And in order to do so, we make the answer to our question a former Met that we remember in a good way: Shawon Dunston preceded Kenny Lofton's series-clinching hit, with a table-setting single. I don't think Giants fans remember it quite as well as we remember Dunston's most notable single.


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