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Our Special Bonds: Perfection, Imperfection, and Johan (Answers)

Answers to the trivia quiz posted February 5, 2008
http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2008/02/our-special-bonds-perfection.html

1-(Name the Met who went 8-0 in 1999, including a walk-off win against the Yankees) That would be Pat Mahomes, best remembered by me for standing out on the mound, making sure to wish the pitcher who relieved him good luck after being pulled in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS.

2- (Name the Met who went 6-0 in 1984, who was well known for winning games of extraordinary lengths) That would be Tom Gorman who was the winning pitcher in the wacky 19-inning Mets-Braves game of July 4, 1985.

3- (Name the Met who was 7-0 for the 1992 Braves, whose first name started with P) That would be Pete Smith, who finished his career with a rather imperfect 47-71 record.

4- (Name the Met who went 7-0 in 1987 and was traded for a "familiar voice") That would be Tim Burke, who was not only once traded to the Mets for current broadcaster Ron Darling, but was also involved in a trade earlier in his career for current studio analyst Lee Mazzilli.

5- (Name the only player whose last name began with MAN to get a walk-off hit for the team) That would be Felix Mantilla, who has the distinction of getting the first Mets walk-off hit that wasn't a home run, a single against the Cubs on May 16, 1962.

6- (Name the Met with "accuracy issues" who attended Troy State, a school also attended by walk-off kicker Lawrence Tynes) That would be good-hit, bad-throw former catcher Mackey Sasser.

7- (Name the only Mets player to go 3-for-43 in a season) That would be Pat Zachry, who was 3-43 in 1978, a year in which he broke his foot after kicking something in frustration not long after allowing a hit that extended Pete Rose's 44-game hit streak.

8- (Name the Santana teammate and '69 Met to match Santana's 3-0 mark against the Mets) That would be current Mets closer Billy Wagner and 1969 Mets closer Ron Taylor.

9- (Name the former Met lefty whose career record against the Yankees is 6-0, doubling Santana's 3-0 mark) That would be fellow former Twin Mark Guthrie.

10- (Name the Met with the most wins in a season in which he had one loss) That would be Terry Leach who went 11-1 for the 1987 Mets. Leach has the highest win percentage in Mets history for any pitcher with more than 20 wins as a Met, .727 (24-9)

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