Opening Day

 
Today is major league baseball’s opening day here in the US of A.  The Yankees will be playing their last opening game of their last season in the house that Ruth built.  (Babe Ruth, The Babe, The Bambino, The Sultan of Swat) 

Babe Ruth

The new Yankee Stadium is being built right across the way from the old in Bronx, NY.  Although it is sad to see it go, it needs to be done because the stadium was built in 1923 and had its first major rehaul from 1973 to 1976.  Among other structural problems, the ceiling had been falling down which was not good for the health of the fans!

 
Today’s Monday questions will be about major league baseball and or the Yankees.  A prize will be sent to the person I feel worked hardest to answer the questions.  Yes!  I said a prize!
 
Here we go:
 
1)  How many outs are there in an inning?
 
2)  Who was the first designated hitter at bat and for which team did he play?
 
3)   After this season, which will be the last two original baseball stadiums in the USA?
 
4)  What is the difference between a no hitter and a perfect game?
 
5)  The NY Mets’ uniform colors are to honor what two major league teams?
 
Bonus question:  Explain the infield fly rule.
 
Opinion questions for those who care:
 
Should Pete Rose be allowed in the Baseball Hall of Fame?  My opinion is no.  Although he was an amazing player, he bet on major league baseball while he was the manager of a major league team.  There is no honor in this man and the hall of fame is about honor.  Why the heck isn’t Roger Maris in the HOF?
 
Should there be an asterisk by records broken by players who have been accused of using performance enhancing drugs?  This is tough.  It is so obvious who is using the drugs. However, if it can’t be proven….this is really tough.  I hate to see cheaters rewarded.
 
I look forward to reading your answers.  May your week be blessed, gail 
 
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!  We have a winner!  Liz got all the questions right and IAGirl came realllly close.  Send me your addresses and I will send you a token prize (hey, I’m poor!) for all your efforts!  Good work.
 
 
 
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8 responses to “Opening Day

  1. 1. three
    2. through 5. & bonus – don’t have any idea, but hey, if no else plays I get the surprize.
     
    Sorry Petey, but I think your name should be in the Infamous Wing of the HOF (along with several more). 
     

  2. 1) 6  2) Ron Blomberg, NY Yankees 3) Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium 4) A no-hitter means that one team allowed the other time no hits, meaning a big ol 0 in the hits column. A perfect game, however, means that not only was it a no-hitter but no players made it to base, for example by a walk, and all hitters were retired. 5) "Mets" script is royal blue (taken from the Dodgers) outlined in orange (taken from the Giants).  Note: I confess, I had to look this one up
    Infield Fly: To keep the game legit, if an infield pop-up occurs with less than 2 outs and there is a force play on third the ump will normally call the batter out. If this rule wasn’t in place it would be very tempting to let the ball drop and thus get a double play. O) Pete Rose: No. Ron Santo – now THAT man needs in.O) Astrick: Tough, but no. I think from today forward, however, stronger rules need to be enforced and the boys of summer need to be tested. I can’t believe how lax some of these rulings are. If you’re going to play – play CLEAN.  Awesome questions!
    (Currently listening to game 1 of the season –  my Cubbies vs Brewers)

  3. 1. 6
    2. Bob?
    3. Got me?!
    4.  A no hitter is when the pitcher gets no one to hit his throws?  A perfect game??? is there such a thing?
    5.  No clue?!
     
    Fly rule?  Ummmmm….don’t catch any flies (bugs) whhile standing in the field?!!
     
    I don’t think cheaters should be rewarded…final answer on that one.  Especially in such an honor.
     
    Enjoy your week.
     
    g.j.

  4. Welll……G, surprisingly though i lived in the States for quite some time, I never liked the game. Perhaps, I didn’t try to understand it. it was like people hitting and running in circles. haha… sorry.
    However, I did enjoy American football tremendously, loved watching basketball, and loved watching ice hockey live in the stadium. 🙂
    but baseball……. the closest I came to it was visiting that large stadium in Oklahoma. Can’t remember what it was called..

  5. Okay, I am a baseball fan so here goes…
    1)  How many outs are there in an inning? 6, 3 per team. 2)  Who was the first designated hitter at bat and for which team did he play? I had to look this up but shoulda been able to guess the team, considering who is asking the questions. 🙂 It was a Yankee of course… Ron Blomberg was his name, and the date was April 6, 1973. 3)   After this season, which will be the last two original baseball stadiums in the USA?  Ohhh a tough one! Hehehe!!! Fenway and Wrigley. Now let me go and double check my answer. Okay, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are my final answers! : )
    4)  What is the difference between a no hitter and a perfect game?A perfect game is a game where the pitcher allowed NO base runners at all, whereas a no hitter just means no players made it to base via a legal hit though they can reach by other means.  5)  The NY Mets’ uniform colors are to honor what two major league teams? My immediate answer is, "Who cares?" LOL j/king but their colors are for the Giants and Dodgers who both left NY to play in CA. Bonus question:  Explain the infield fly rule. IFR is when the batter is declared out on any fly ball hit within the infield when there are runners on 1st and 2nd and there are less than 2 outs. This is to prevent an intentionally dropped ball in order to turn a double play on the two force bases. (Note there can be a runner on 3rd as well, causing a force at home, but the requirements are for a force at 3rd). Opinion questions for those who care: Should Pete Rose be allowed in the Baseball Hall of Fame?  My opinion is no.  Although he was an amazing player, he bet on major league baseball while he was the manager of a major league team.  There is no honor in this man and the hall of fame is about honor. I AGREE! Why the heck isn’t Roger Maris in the HOF? As for Roger Maris being in the HOF, he should be, but I’m afraid most of the blame lies with the New York sportswriters at the time and even with the old Yankees organization themselves. Did you know that when he hit number 61 his own teammates wouldn’t let him return to the bench. They formed a human shield to block him. But that was all in the past, now it’s all a matter of obscure and highly biased practices within the election committees. I say let him in or it shames the Hall. Should there be an asterisk by records broken by players who have been accused of using performance enhancing drugs?  This is tough for sure and considering the fact that all three of the players who broke Roger Maris’ record are probable users. The trouble is that baseball wasn’t forceful enough from the get go of knowing there was a problem. So I will have to say only those who are proved, and only those proven AFTER MLB changed the rules should have their records wiped off, not simply an asterisk.
    Now a bonus question for you:
    Which former Met player is now starting centerfield for the Twins? Hint: I love this kid! 🙂

  6. even though I should by birth right be a major baseball fan (raised in BOSTON!), this is one blog I honestly don’t know any of the answers to, ‘cept for #1….3…right? I’m right…I am sure of it?!?!
    Thank you G. for coming by,
    things are quiet and peaceful at the Lane for a change!
    hugs
    S.

  7. I think the perfect game must mean the Cubs winning the world series.  I’m just sayin…
     
    Pete Rose should not be allowed in the hall of fame.  He really was shameful in his behavior.
     
    Not familiar enough with Maris to know the answer to that.
     
    The drug one is tough, if every person ever had one (and that is not possible unless they all admit it, and they won’t!) that is the only way it would be fair.
     
    Take care!

  8. I would have to have cheated for one of the questions, but my guess would have been right.  Gail, Pete Rose should not be named in the same breath with baseball. Just wait and see how many rotten apples fall from the tree before the investigation of professional sports is over.  A tidal wave!!
     
    J.W.L. 

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