Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Yesterday's Daily Mets Quiz asked:
Who was the winning pitcher in the Mets' last World Series game victory -- a 4-2 decision at Shea Stadium in Game 3 of the 2000 Series, over the New York Yankees?
The correct answer is c) John Franco
The other options…

a) Rick Reed
The big right-hander from West Virginia was once famously described by former Mets’ broadcaster Tim McCarver as “the poor man’s Greg Maddux.” In Game 3 of the 2000 World Series, Reed, who started the game, seemed to be channeling the prime years of a guy in the Yankees’ dugout, ex-Met Doc Gooden. Reed fanned eight in six innings and most importantly, allowed just two runs, to keep the Mets in the game.

b) Armando Benitez
The mere mention of his name breaks the hearts of Mets fans everywhere. During the regular season, he was lights out with his trademark heater, establishing a Mets single-season record of 41 saves. But during the post-season, with everything on the line, Benitez was a liability. His 2000 post-season was doomed by his first appearance, when he allowed a game-tying home run to the Giants’ J.T. Snow in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. In Game 1 of the 2000 World Series, it was Benitez’s inability to preserve a 3-2 9th inning Mets lead that led to an extra inning loss. Still, Benitez saved Game 3, allowing one hit in a scoreless 9th Inning.

d) Dennis Cook
He was an emotionally-charged lefty relief specialist who helped form one of the best Mets’ bullpens in both 1999 and 2000. Cook appeared in Game 3, but was lifted after issuing a walk to start the 8th Inning. Franco picked him up, getting the next Yankees’ hitter to ground into a double play.

Check back later today for another Daily Mets Quiz.

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