Rod Carew is not among our answers today. - Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
Who fancies a game?
It's been a long time since we've pulled out a game of Who Am I?, and with things a little slow on the Twins Territory news front this seems like the perfect time to reintroduce a little fun!
- There are no prizes - only bragging rights.
- You get bonus Twinkie Town cred if you not only name the player, but the Year, Series (DS, CS, WS) and Game where applicable.
- I don't think I screwed up any of the hints, which is a plus.
- Try not to answer all of them. If you're really good at this, give someone else a chance to chime in.
- Have fun!
- I won twice and lost once in this World Series, with my two wins turning out to be complete games in which I allowed a combined three runs. I also was 2-for-8 at the plate in the series, including a big three-run homer. Who am I?
- My infield single scored a runner from third in Game 7 of this World Series. It wasn't the final run of the game but it was the deciding one. Earlier in the series I'd connected on what was the first of my two career home runs in World Series play. Who am I?
- I was on the hill for what would be a pivotal moment of this playoff series. With the series tied at one game apiece and this game tied at one, I allowed a home run to lead off the eighth inning and would be charged with the loss. We wouldn't win another game the rest of the series, and I would also be one of the pitchers charged with a seventh-inning meltdown two games later. Who am I?
- Leading off the eighth inning with a home run put my team on top 2-1, the final score of this World Series game and the last game we'd win until returning to our home field. Who am I?
- In spite of being a franchise hero, I didn't hit well in the post-season at all. This is especially true in the World Series, where I was just 8-for-50 (.160). My World Series OPS? .576. Who am I?
- My Twins were swept from this series, one in which the opposition used just four pitchers, but my home run in Game One granted us one of two leads we would have over the entire series. Unlike the player in number five, my post-season triple slash was impressive: .314/.340/.588 in 13 games. Who am I?
- The very next year, in another series in which my Twins were swept, my first inning single in Game One gave the Twins a 1-0 lead. It was the only lead we had. Who am I?
- In spite of having thrown the third most innings on the team and having the second-best ERA among starters with 20 or more starts, I wasn't awarded a spot in the playoff rotation due to my rookie status. Instead I made just one two-inning relief apperance in a series where my Twins were swept. I would, however, have more post-season success with Minnesota in the future. Who am I?
- It wasn't the first time we were beaten by what was to become a hated post-season foe, but by blowing my second opportunity for a post-season save I kicked off a pattern of being unable to close out big playoff games. I have now logged nine post-season innings and am straddled with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.44 WHIP. Who am I?
- My double to deep right field scored a run to cap a three-run rally and give the Twins a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth in an elimination game. It's a good thing, too, because the opposition scored three in the bottom half of the inning. As just my third hit of the series, it definitely came at the right time. Who am I?