Comments on: Trivia Time – Lots of Homers; Lots of Teams http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: tmckelv http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11578 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 21:59:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11578 Talking about freak occurrences at games we attended, I went to a game at Yankees Stadium where
Pete Incviglia got 3 hits! For the Yankees!

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11566 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 04:05:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11566 I've actually been to very few ballgames in my life, for various reasons. But I do remember listening on the car radio to the portion of the Phillies-Nationals game in which Russell Branyan hit the home run that made the difference in that game. No, I didn't hear it called by Harry Kalas because by then, he was only doing radio in the 4th inning, and this was in the 8th. But he likely got to call it on T.V.

As for keeping track of games, sometimes my memory is too good, and other times it's not good enough. The Internet, particularly this site and the Retrosheet site, have helped refresh my memory regarding dates and other details of various games. I would like to get to a game this year on July 30 because it's the 50th anniversary of the first game I ever attended. For years, all I knew was that it was in the summer of 1960 in Griffith Stadium with the White Sox as the visiting team. The Senators (the ones who moved to Minnesota) lost in extra innings, and the score was 3-2. I've got the date now, thanks to the Internet.

I just checked the schedule for July 30. I was hoping that the Cubs would be visiting the Nationals. But no, it's more likely that a team will be playing a division rival on any given date, and it turns out that the Phillies will be playing in Washington. Good chance for me to catch my current favorite team on the road!

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By: Djibouti http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11543 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:12:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11543 When Russell Branyan first came up, they were grooming him to be Jim Thome's replacement. Ironically, I think Thome has had better numbers in the years since. When he got traded to the Reds in '02 he joined Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns in what was basically a perfect storm of young strike out machines. Had they each played 162 games with the Reds that year their SO numbers would be 165, 174, and 122. Throw in Jason LaRue's 117 SO in 113 G and you had a lot of swings and misses. They set a franchise record that year in SOs which broke the record set the previous year, and which was then broken the year after, and again the year after that. Although I suppose most teams have set SO records in the last 10 years.

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By: Gerry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11539 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:33:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11539 Ha. I've been to one ballgame in Philadelphia in the last 25 years - and Branyan was in it. 21 August 2007, he came in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th, and struck out to end the inning.

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By: Thomas http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11538 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 06:40:26 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11538 To DoubleDiamond:

I seriously thought about posting this exact same thing, but then I thought, I'm probably the only one who remembers Tartabull's three worthless games in Philly... or Branyan's two weeks. Obviously never saw either of them actually play for the team...

Speaking of which, does anyone else actually keep track of the games they've seen, and how the players played in those games? I have for about a decade now, although it's not actually that many games.

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11531 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:33:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11531 For all intents and purposes, Danny Tartabull only "played" for five franchises. At least that's the way we feel in Philadelphia. On the other hand, Russell Branyan actually had fewer plate appearances during his brief stay with the Phillies, 9 for him and 11 for Tartabull, but did more in those trips to the plate. He outhit Tartabull 2-0, and both of those hits were home runs, including a game winner in a season in which the Phillies won the division by one game. Perhaps "game winner" is not 100% accurate because it was not a walk-off home run. In fact, it came in a road game, but it wasn't in the top of the ninth or an extra inning. But it was in the eighth inning and put the team ahead to stay, so I consider it to be a game winner. (I am still trying to figure out what made the difference that year - Branyan's game winning home run against the Nationals or Freddy Garcia's lone win in an April game against the Reds.)

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11527 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 22:06:40 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11527 The Mets and Yankees both went after Branyan before last season, I believe, and I think there were rumors that the Yankees were trying to acquire him at the trade deadline last year.

Nice post, Raphy.

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By: Jim Lonborg http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11526 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:56:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11526 Interesting sidelight to the list: 8 of the 10 played for at least 1 NY team. Of the two who didn't, Branyon is still playing)

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11518 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:04:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11518 I have 10 also. Branyan was mentioned in the introduction, so I didn't include him in the Trivia.

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By: Jim http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4648/comment-page-1#comment-11517 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 20:02:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4648#comment-11517 Thats is neat. Although when i did it my way, i recieved 10 results, could you find out who the 10th was?

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