Thursday, April 5, 2012

Deacon's Opening Day Trivia

Question 1: Who was the last Red Sox batter to hit two home runs on Opening Day?

Question 2: Who was the last Red Sox pitcher to throw a complete game victory on Opening Day?

The next two we did not get to use on the air

Question 3: Now that Jason Varitek has retired, before 2012 who was the last catcher besides Tek to start on Opening Day for Boston?

Question 4: Joe Castiglione is beginning his 30th season as radio broadcaster....who was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox in Joe's first broadcast for the Sox?

Throw your answer to us through Twitter or here in the comment section.

21 comments:

  1. I don't think I know any of these and I'm not taking the easy way out by looking it up, but I'll take a stab at a couple.

    1. Tuffy Rhodes
    2. Bruce Hurst
    3. Scott Hatteberg
    4. Dennis Eckersley

    How'd I do?

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  2. Here are my guesses, probably all wrong:

    1. Nomar Garciapparra

    2. Roger Clemens

    3. Scott Hatteburg (Moneyball was an excellent movie by the way)

    4. I do not know too much about early 80's Red Sox, seeing how I was -2 in 1982, but how about former Bangor Blue Ox Oil Can Boyd?

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  3. Barry and Brandon, one of you has one right.....the other went 0 fer.....but to be fair on the air I give multiple choices.

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  4. No choices necessary let's just see how long it takes.

    1. Dwight Evans
    2. Pedro Martinez
    3. Jarrod Saltalammacchia
    4. Oil Can Boyd

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  5. How about:

    1. Carl Everett
    2. Luis Tiant
    3. Kelly Shoppach
    4. Oil Can Boyd

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  6. Luis Tiant pitched complete game victories on Opening Days 1973 and 1975 vs. NYY and Milwaukee, but he is not the last to do it. The other three are incorrect, although Shoppach is close, sort of. Barry was the one who had one right the first time, he had a different one right the second time.

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  7. 1. Trot Nixon
    2. Aaron Sele
    3. Salty
    4. Dennis Eckersley

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  8. 1. Mike Lowell
    2. Hideo Nomo
    3. Salty
    4. Eck

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  9. 1. This was the Aflac question on NESN yesterday wasn't it? Someone from 1968 but I can't remember who they said...Yaz
    2. Pedro
    3. Salty seems too likely of a response, what about Tony Pena
    4. Eck

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    1. Yaz is the correct answer for #1 (1968- year after he won the Triple Crown... and was the first Red Sox player to sign a six figure contract... and tied for the batting title in 1968... with Alex Johnson) Sorry, I got on a trivia roll.

      #3- Doug Mirabelli??

      #4- Eck is a good guess (and I was +25 in 1982)

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  11. Yaz did hit 2 homers on Opening Day in 1968, it was a question on TV yesterday, but the question was specific to Opening Day's in Detroit for the Sox and someone else has done it since 1968.

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  12. Let's get one off the table because there have been several people get it correct. Dennis Eckersley was the Opening Day starter in 1983, Joe Castig's first season. Can you believe it!

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  13. So we have gotten answers 3 and 4 which were Salty and the Eck. Here is a hint for questions 1 and 2. The answers for both are players who are in the Hall of Fame.

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  14. Barry has one of the right answers in his guess of Jim Rice and the Eck.

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  15. 1. Carlton Fisk
    2. Dennis Eckersley

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  16. In 1973 Opening Day vs. the New York Yankees Carlton Fisk hit a 2 run homer off Mel Stottlemyre and a grand slam off Lindy McDaniel to lead the Sox to a 15-5 win, no Sox batter has done it since, next year will be 40 years..maybe time to snap the streak. Luis Tiant pitched a complete game win in that same game, as he did in 1975 vs. Milwaukee. But the last Sox pitcher to hurl a complete game victory ( not to mention shutout) on Opening Day was Dennis Eckersley in 1982 vs. Baltimore. It was a 2-0 6 hit game.

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  17. Answers as detailed above:

    1. Fisk
    2 & 4 Eck
    3 Salty

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