Mystery Theme VIII: Baseball by KlionskyG

Champion(s):

KesslerA2
The less you bet, the more you lose when you win.


Runner(s)-Up:

SochackiA


Quiz Description

At age nine, I was all but named "baseball's fan of the future" [source]. Let's see in what ways that interest has matured. In this one you'll still have to solve the mystery, but the last question does not explicitly ask you to name the theme. (This is what I should have done for VII below, so I'm doing it now.) Let's call it a ModKos-R because knowing stuff about baseball will definitely help.

Previous Mystery Theme quizzes here: [ I ] [ II ] [ III ] [ IV ] [ V ] [ VI ] [ VII ]

Full Results:

Rank Player Total %ile 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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1 KesslerA2 422 98 15
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2 SochackiA 417 96 15
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3 Egantx7 407 93 15
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4 AdamLevin18 397 91 15
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5 BoyerA 390 87 15
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5 AnthonyBianca 390 87 15
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7 MarxG 360 83 15
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8 randalleng 345 80 15
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8 GrahamJ 345 80 15
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10 MattK 320 76 15
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11 groug 317 72 15
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11 GoodmanDL 317 72 15
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13 KPope 307 67 15
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13 JMarg 307 67 15
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15 UncleTed 306 63 15
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16 BIngram 302 60 15
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16 GarciaD 302 60 15
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18 Oliver 279 56 15
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19 Steve-Eggson 272 53 15
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20 JoeM 269 51 15
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21 TWright17 268 48 15
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22 Matto 259 46 15
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23 Colluventus 254 43 15
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24 reallydumb4real 246 41 15
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25 ecpekkle 236 37 15
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25 KonkelT 236 37 15
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27 KCrest 218 33 15
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31 CoenM 196 23 15
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32 McGeeDean 181 21 15
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Questions:

At PNC Park, Pirates fans get to watch a race beween several pierogis. In DC, Nationals fans haven't yet vetoed the Presidents Race. If you grill a fan at American Family Field in Milwaukee, what will she say is the equivalent in that ballpark (after possibly rolling her eyes), continuing an almost thirty-year tradition?

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sausage race

A "rundown" is when a runner is stranded between two bases, usually running back and forth trying to avoid a tag. One of several common synonyms for this situation is a phrase that Shakespeare used (and may have come up with?) in The Tempest, though there it means "to be drunk". What is this three-word synonym?

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in a pickle

What part of Tony Gwynn's bat is boxed in blue in the image below?

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knob

What reliever holds the franchise record for most Mariners games finished in his career and represented Seattle on the 2007 AL All-Star roster along with Ichiro Suzuki? He actually eclipsed his highest Mariners save total with Arizona in 2011, but he gave up Milwaukee's winning run in the 10th inning of game 5 in the NLDS.

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J.J. Putz

Cy Young Winners, part I
Who threw this pitch, undoubtedly one of the deliveries with the most impact in the history of Spring Training? Give his ten-letter nickname OR his commonly-used first and last name.

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Randy Johnson / The Big Unit

Cy Young Winners, part II
What Taiwanese pitcher led the AL in wins (and finished second in voting for the Cy Young Award) for the Yankees in 2006, later pitching for Washington, Toronto, and Kansas City?

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Chien-Ming Wang (see link in answer #12)

Cy Young Winners, part III
Unbelievably, what 2012 Cy Young Award winner was being interviewed about his teammate's no-hitter (the first ever pitched by the Mets) when a different undraped teammate walked through the corner of the camera frame?

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R.A. Dickey

Cy Young Winners, part IV
What did Wally Backman use to prank his first base coach in the South Coast League? At the Major League level, Miguel Sano used a similar (but less lively) one to prank his pitching coach with the Twins. This also appears in the nickname of a 2015 Cy Young winner and, per Baseball Reference, was the first name of three players who played 90+ years ago.

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snake

What slang term for a home run is redacted in yellow in each of the Reddit posts in the image below?

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dong

My bologna has a first name, part I
September 1908: Tie game, bottom of the ninth, two outs. Moose is on third, Fred's on first, Al comes up to the plate. Al singles, Moose scores: game over! The fans storm the field.

But wait! Fred never touched second base! What an idiot! A total compete dummkopf! The Cubs make the force play, the umps call Fred "out", and the game ends in a tie. The Cubs win the makeup game and, eventually, their second straight World Series. By what simultaneously witless and upstanding possessive name is this famous play known?

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Merkle's boner (not to be confused with Snodgrass's Muff in the 1912 World Series, named after a different Fred and a different body part)

My bologna has a first name, part II
Hall-of-Famer and ten-time All-Star Harold Peter Henry (those are his first three names, anyway) stood up metaphorically, and may have walked across the field literally, to support one of his new teammates. By what nickname was Harold known?

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Pee Wee (Reese)

Of the 18 players pictured below, give the LETTER next to either of the two who most closely fit the theme of this quiz.

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E (Bobby COX), J (WILLIE Stargell). Happy April Fools and Opening Day! At least I didn't use this pitching line from July 5, 2016 Royals game: https://i.imgur.com/ob0TJyV.png