Skip to main content

More Opening Day Minutiae

Thanks, in large part, to the new, PI tool, you can stump your friends with the following trivia...

* Six Mets have had 4 hits in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more.
The 6 are

Richie Hebner, 1979
Kevin McReynolds, 1988
Darryl Strawberry, 1988
Jeff Kent, 1994
Todd Hundley, 1995
Xavier Nady, 2006

* Two Mets have scored 3 runs in an Opening Day game, but none has ever scored more. The 2 are

Jerry Grote, 1969
Brett Butler, 1995
(interestingly, the Mets lost both games)

* Two Mets have stolen 2 bases in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more. The 2 are

Mookie Wilson, 1985
Darryl Strawberry, 1989

* Five Mets have homered twice in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more. The 5 are

Cleon Jones, 1973
Darryl Strawberry, 1988
Kevin McReynolds, 1988
Bobby Bonilla, 1992
Robin Ventura, 2001

* Four Mets have had at least 4 RBI in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more. The 4 are

Ron Swoboda, 1968
Richie Hebner, 1979
Todd Hundley, 1995
Robin Ventura, 2001

* The only Mets pitcher to throw a shutout on Opening Day is Dwight Gooden, circa 1993

* The only Mets pitcher to strike out 10 or more on Opening Day is Pedro Martinez, circa 2005 (12)

* Seven Mets relievers have recorded an Opening Day win. They are

Ron Taylor, 1970
Doug Sisk, 1983
Tom Gordon, 1985
Jeff Innis, 1992
Jerry Dipoto, 1996
Turk Wendell, 1998
Dennis Cook, 2001

* Two Mets pitchers have induced at least 3 GIDPs in an Opening Day game. They are

Mike Hampton, 2000 (4)
Bob Ojeda, 1989 (3)

* Three Mets pitchers have recorded a pickoff in an Opening Day game (yes, we're getting that obscure). They are

Tom Seaver, 1971
Tom Seaver, 1977
Tom Hausman, 1981
Tom Glavine, 2003
(yes, amazingly, they all share the same first name)

Back on Sunday, hopefully with something a little more creative.


Popular posts from this blog

Minutiae Break: Worst Mets Relievers

It occurs to me after 79 straight walk-off related posts and some fatigue still remaining from Saturday's finish that I did promise to bring Metspective on other issues related to the Flushing 9, so I offer this posting up as a "Minutiae Break." This came about after several discussions related to the offhand Dick Tidrow/Danny Graves remark the other day , the conclusion of which indicated that it would be fun to create a list of the worst Mets relievers of all-time. I don't want to step on the territory of other bloggers, like " Faith and Fear in Flushing ," Mets Guy in Michigan " and " Metstradamus ," so I'll tread carefully here, aided by their influence. Should any friends, family members, or fans of these pitchers visit this site, I mean no harm. I'm just here to have a little fun with this topic. The ground rules are as follows: The pitcher must have had a Mets stint as long as Dick Tidrow's (11 games, 15 2/3 innings), for wh

Walk-Offs in Movies, TV, and Other Places

Note: I'm leaving this post up through the end of the week, a) because I don't have time to pump out something new and b)because I was hoping to build a really good list of entertainment industry if you're looking for something new, check back on Monday or so... Of course, if there's a major trade or move, I'll adjust and try to post something... In the meantime, click on the "Table of Contents" link as well. It has been updated. SPOILER ALERT: Read at your own risk Caught the ending of "A League of Their Own" on one of the movie channels the other day and it got me to thinking that it would be fun to compile a list of walk-offs from movies, television, and other forms of entertainment. Here's the start, and only the start, as I spent about 30 minutes or so thinking it over Help me fill in the blanks by filling out the comments section. "A League of Their Own"-- Racine beats Rockford for the All-American Girls Profess

The best Mets ejections I know

When you think of the Mets and famous ejections, I'm guessing you first think of the famous Bobby Valentine mustache game, when after Valentine got tossed, he returned to the dugout in disguise. You know it. You love it. I remember being amused when I asked Bobby V about it while we were working on Baseball Tonight, how he simply said "It worked. We won the game." (true) But the Bobby V mustache game of June 9, 1999 is one of many, many memorable Mets ejection stories. And now thanks to Retrosheet and the magic of , we have a convenient means for being able to share them. Ever since Retrosheet's David Smith recently announced that the Retrosheet ejection database was posted online , I've been a kid in a candy store. I've organized the data and done some lookups of media coverage around the games that interested me post. Those newspaper accounts fill in a lot of blanks. Without further ado (and with more work to do), here are some of my findings