Barry Bonds / Roger Clemens by BruceM

Champion(s):

EverettJ
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

CarterBurke
Maybe we can build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh? Why don't we try that?


Runner(s)-Up:


Quiz Description

In honor of the January 2017 baseball Hall of Fame voting results, answer these questions about the two most polarizing candidates. 16 questions so 6 moneys.

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Questions:

Either of two answers is acceptable. Which city was the birthplace of either Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens? College athletic teams in these cities are known as the Highlanders and the Flyers.

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Riverside (California); Dayton (Ohio)

Two answers required . For which universities, now in the Big 12 and Pac 12, did Clemens and Bonds play in the College World Series? You must name both .

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Arizona State; Texas

Which teammate of Clemens started games 1, 5, and 7 of the 1986 World Series? This southpaw was quite prematurely named MVP of the series.

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Bruce Hurst

Which teammate of Bonds took over center field (with Bonds shifting to left) when the Pirates acquired him from St. Louis on April 1, 1987? He won gold gloves from 1988 to 1992.

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Andy Van Slyke

Which umpire ejected Clemens from Game 4 of the 1990 American League Championship Series after Clemens directed a profane tirade towards him? Your smith learned while writing the quiz that this umpire had previously been a prison guard.

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Terry Cooney

Which manager directed a profane tirade at Bonds in a widely publicized 1991 spring training incident? This future skipper of the Marlins and Tigers told Bonds: "If you don't want to be here, get the hell out of here."

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Jim Leyland

Which slow-footed former Pirate was Bonds unable to throw out at the plate on Francisco Cabrera's base hit to end Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series?

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Sid Bream

Two answers required. The uniform number Bonds had worn in Pittsburgh was previously retired by the San Francisco Giants in honor of Bonds's godfather, Willie Mays. As a Giant, Bonds instead wore the number his father Bobby had worn. Give both those numbers, in order .

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24, 25

Two answers required. The uniform number Clemens had worn in Boston and Toronto was in use by Paul O'Neill when Clemens became a Yankee. Clemens briefly wore #12 before switching to the number he would wear in Houston and on his Yankee swan song. Give both numbers, in order, with which Clemens began and ended his career.

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21, 22

Two answers required. Clemens is one of three pitchers to strike out 20 batters in one game. Name both of the other two, who did it in 1998 and 2016.

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Kerry Wood, Max Scherzer

Which Dr. Dre song became Bonds's batting music soon after its July 2000 release? In Bonds's most intentional walk-filled seasons, the Giants PA system often segued directly into the "Chicken Dance" from the opening strains of this followup to "Forget About Dre." As best your smith can tell, the PA never played the MF bomb at the end of the "you know who's back up in this" line, and certainly not the end-of-song advice to "smoke weed every day."

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The Next Episode

Which now-deceased singer topped the country charts in 1996 with "Guys Do It All The Time" (her only #1 hit)? This star of reality TV and former fiancee of Dean Cain supposedly began a long relationship with Clemens at age 15.

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Mindy McCready

Complete this analogy involving 1990s outfielders, 1960s musicians, and overused Chris Berman nicknames: which American League outfielder is to the singer of "Young Girl" and "Woman, Woman" as Barry Bonds is to the singer of "Quarter to Three" and "New Orleans"?

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Kirby Puckett

With which Atlantic League team did Roger Clemens make a comeback in 2012, at age 50? City name or nickname is acceptable, and note that (unlike the rest of the league) this team plays nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sugar Land Skeeters

Either of two answers is acceptable. The pitcher who gave up Bonds's 756th career home run (putting Bonds ahead of Hank Aaron) was fired years later from a Dallas radio job (over a drunken tweet, after an NBA game, about "Mexicans in San Antonio"). The pitcher who gave up Bonds's 762nd and final home run was born in the Dominican Republic and last seen allowing a three-run walk-off homer to Edwin Encarnacion to end the 2016 American League wild card game, when Buck Showalter inexplicably turned to him instead of Zach Britton. Name either of those pitchers who allowed milestone Bonds homers.

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Mike Bacsik; Ubaldo Jimenez

Which writer for The Ringer published a December 30, 2016, article forecasting a surge in Hall of Fame support for Bonds and Clemens based on ballots made public to that point? This former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus (from 2012-2014) had also previously worked for both Grantland and Five Thirty Eight. He and Sam Miller co-wrote The Only Rule Is, It Has To Work, about trying to apply sabermetric principles to the baseball operation of the independent Sonoma Stompers.

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Ben Lindbergh