Friday, February 7, 2014

Great Ralph Kiner Quotes

As a lifetime Met fan, I grew up with Ralph Kiner, Lindsay Nelson and Bob Murphy. I watched so many Met games that I feel like they were part of my extended family. Couldn't watch a Met game without ending the game with Kiner's Korner. Besides being a great announcing trio, no one had more funny malaprops than Ralph Kiner.

In memory of the great Ralph Kiner, here are some of his all-time great quotes:

"If Casey Stengel were alive today, he's be spinning in his grave."

"On Father's Day, we again wish you all a Happy Birthday"

"The Hall of Fame ceremonies are on the 31st and 32nd of July."

"Home run hitters drive Cadillacs; singles hitters drive Fords"

"The Mets have gotten their lead off hitter on base only once this inning."

"Rookie Wilson was a candidate for Mookie of the year"

"They will pass the father-son tandem of Yogi Berra and Buddy Bell."
--on Barry and Bobby Bonds becoming the all-time father-son home run leaders

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"All his saves have come during relief appearances"
--on Steve Bedrosian

"Rick Sutcliff was the rookie of the year in his first year"

"You know what they say about Chicago. If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes"

"Daryl Strawberry has been voted to the Hall of Fame five years in a row."

"Kevin McReynolds stops at third, and he scores."

"Two thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other one third is covered by Gary Maddox"

"Tony Gwynn was named Player of Year for April"

"That's the great thing about baseball. You never know what's going on."

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Great New York Mets Quotes

The Mets are my favorite team in all of sports and they always have been. There have been a lot of very funny things said about them over the years, mostly derogatory. Sports Quotation Man has put a list together of some of the all-time great Mets quotes.

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Great New York Mets Quotes

"200 million Americans and there ain't two good catchers among 'em."
--Casey Stengel, on the 1962 New York Mets

"There will be two buses to the park from the hotel. The two o'clock bus is for those who nee a little extra work. Then there will be an empty bus leaving at five o'clock."
--Casey Stengel, on the '62 Mets

"For me, I was always a Met at heart."
--Dwight Gooden

"If one pitcher is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words, but more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game 6 of 1986 World Series."
-Vin Scully

"The reason we won was him. He made us all better."
--Bud Harrelson, on Gil Hodges and the '69 Mets

"The Mets have gotten their lead off batter on base only once this inning"
--Ralph Kiner

"Right here on CBS, we have 'The Ghost Whisperer'. Each week she runs errands for dead people. And on tonight's episode, she books vacations for the Mets."
--David Letterman

"Growing up rooting for the Mets, it's an honor and very special for a kid from Brooklyn."
-John Franco, on being inducted into the Mets HOF

"We've had him three full seasons and although he's a hell of a prospect, he hasn't done it for us. How long can you wait?"
--Bob Scheffing, Mets GM, on trading Nolan Ryan

"Rule #1, you don't make the third out at third base with Mike Piazza coming up."
--Bobby Valentine

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Willie Mays Mets Trivia Answers

How well do you remember Willie Mays as a Met? Here are the answers to Willie Mays Mets Trivia. If you know the Say Hey Kid and you know the Mets, you should do well on Willie Mays Mets trivia---check out the answers.

1) C---Mays was traded to the Mets in 1973

2) C--Mays was traded to the Mets for Charlie Williams

3) B---Reds pitcher Don Gullett gave up Mays 660th and final home run

4) B--The Mets lost the 1973 World Series to the Oakland A's in seven games

5) A---Fellow Hall of Famer Yogi Berra was the Mets manager during Mays tenure with the Mets

6) D--Tug McGraw, quirky and effective Met reliever, came up with the term Ya Gotta Believe during the 1973 pennant race

7) A--After the Bud Harrleson/Pete Rose fight in the NLCS, the pitcher who came out who joined Mays and several other position players was Tom Seaver

8) D---Willie was making $165,000 when he was traded to the Mets. Can you imagine what he would  make today.

9) B---The player who willingly gave up the Number 24 for Willie Mays was Jim Beauchamp

10--A--The Met owner who really  wanted Mays to end his career with the Mets was Joan Payson

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Willie Mays New York MetsTrivia

Remember when the greatest player of all-time played the end of his career as a Met. We Met fans were lucky to have even a 41 year old Mays on their team. How well do you remember Willie Mays as a Met. Play the Willie Mays NY Met Trivia challenge.

Willie Mays New York Met Trivia Challenge

1) What year was Willie traded to the Mets?

A) 1975  B) 1970  C) 1972   D) 1974

2) What Giant Pitcher was he traded for?

A) Ray Sadecki    B) Mike McCormick   C) Charlie Williams    D) Ed Halicki

3) Against what Red pitcher did Willie hit his 660th and final home run?

A) Dan Norman   B) Don Gullett    C) Jim Merritt   D) Gary Nolan

4)  Who did the Mets lose to in the 1973 World Series?

A) Detroit Tigers    B) Oakland A's   C) Chicago White Sox    D) Baltimore Orioles

5) Who was the Mets manager during Mays tenure with the team?

A) Yogi Berra   B) Wes Westrum   C) Joe Frazier   D) Gil Hodges

6) What Met player came up with the phrase 'You Gotta Believe' during their 1973 pennant run?

A) Jerry Koosman    B) Ed Kranepool   C) Tom Seaver   D) Tug McGraw

7) After Met fans were throwing things at Pete Rose during Game 3 of Playoffs, there were six Met players who went out to fans and told them to stop throwing things. One was Willie. Who was the only pitcher in that group?

A) Tom Seaver    B) Tug McGraw   C) Jerry Koosman  D) Jon Matlack

8) What was May's annual salary when he was traded to the Mets?

A) $300,000  B) $225,000   C) $135,000  D) $165,000

9) What Met player had to give up the Number 24 when Mays joined the team?

A) Mike Vail  B) Jim Beauchamp  C) Ron Swoboda   D) Duffy Dyer

10) Who was the Met owner credited with bringing Willie back to NY as a Met?

A) Joan Payson   B) George Weiss   C) Bob Scheffing   D) M. Donald Grant

Answers will be posted in a few days. You can find out how well you did on the Willie Mays New York Met trivia challenge?

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A) Joan Payson   

Sunday, July 15, 2012

1969 New York Mets Autographs

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Billy Joel Trivia

There are few singers more associated with the Mets than the legendary Billy Joel. Lets see how you do on the Billy Joel trivia challenge?

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Answers to Gil Hodges Trivia

Alright, fans of the legendary Met manager and Brooklyn Dodgers first base man---Gil Hodges, how did you do? Check out the answers below.

1) The part of the military that Hodges served in World War II was the Marine Corps where he was awarded a bronze star

2) In 1950, his four home runs in a nine inning game had only been done once in the prior fifty years by Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig

3) He caught the last out of the 1955 World Series won by the Dodgers (Johnny  Podres won the game). The throw was made to Hodges by Pee Wee Reese

4) His first managing job was with The Washington Senators

5) When Hodges manged the Mets, his third base coach in 1969 was 'The Walking Man', Eddie Yost

6) In 1969 Hodge's Mets won 100 games during the regular season

7) The average winners share in the World Series in 1969 was $18,388

8) The great quote about Hodges came from Branch Rickey

9) He started his career as a third baseman

10) His number was 14

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