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Our Special Bonds: Know Your Rays

I could have written a detailed history of Carlos Beltran's strikeouts, but instead I chose to write in honor of the best team in baseball...

Answers here:

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/07/our-special-bonds-know-your-rays.html

1) 20 pitchers have pitched for both the Mets and Rays. Only one of those 20 had a winning record FOR THE RAYS. Name him.

2) The Mets have employed 4 players who hit 10+ career home runs for the Rays. Here are hints for each one
Player 1- Navidad
Player 2- Shares his initials with those after whom a famous bridge is named
Player 3- If you go to Shea, buy a burger in his honor
Player 4- Currently plays in the state of Texas

3) The Mets won the first meeting with the Rays. The losing pitcher in that game pitched 2 career games for the Mets. Name him.

4) A man who played against the Mets in a postseason broke up Rick Reed's no-hitter in the 7th inning of that game. Name him.

5) The Rays hitting coach is Steve Henderson. Steve Henderson got his first MLB hit against what father of a major leaguer?

6) The Rays version of David Wright, Evan Longoria, played college baseball at Long Beach State. Two former Mets played at Long Beach State. One is also a former Ray. The other scored a very important run in the 1969 World Series. Name them.

7) The Rays all-time saves leader is a former Met. Name him.

8) The Mets made Scott Kazmir their first pick in the 2002 MLB Draft. Only one other player drafted by the Mets that year has made the major leagues. His initials are the same as "Major Leagues." Name him.

9) The Rays all-time single-season batting leader (minimum 300 plate appearances) is a former Met. Is it...

a) Rey Sanchez
b) Miguel Cairo
c) Aaron Ledesma
d) Jason Tyner

10) When the Rays picked their players in the expansion draft, prior to the 1998 season, they plucked Carlos Mendoza from the Mets. Carlos Mendoza played a role in a very significant walk-off win in 1997. What was his "brand new shiny" role?

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