Well, I do (especially any trivia from 1984 and beyond) and I always thought I could do well on SNY’s New York sports-themed trivia show Beer Money. To my astonishment, the show was taping an episode at my local Buffalo Wild Wings establishment and I was given a chance to test my knowledge on Mets trivia.
Just in case you were not familiar with the program, you are asked a series of three questions. If you get the first question right you get 10 bucks. If you get the second question right you get 20 bucks. If you get the third question right you earn 100 bucks. At any moment if you get the question wrong you lose the money, even if you got previous questions correct. For instance, if you got the first question right but not the second you don’t get to keep the $10. So, there is an element of risk in this game.
I thought I would ace the test, as I often do when I watch it on TV. The first two questions are always “gimmies” (at least in my opinion), with the third question admittedly being difficult.
My plan all along was to go for the full $130. If your a Honeymooners fan, then think back to the episode when Ralph Kramden was intent on going for the $64 thousand question no matter what. I had the same mentality and since losing $30 bucks is not so devastating, I was determined to win it all. Like Ralph, I was confident and full of bravado.
I was asked the following three questions: (I may be paraphrasing some of these questions)
- What rookie pitcher won 13 games in 2011?
- How many games did the Mets win in the 2000 World Series?
- What Met set the record for most hits by a rookie in 2003?
Like I said, the first two questions were “gimmies” and unless you’ve been living under a rock or are novice Mets’ fan, the answers to questions one and two are Dillon Gee and one, respectively.
So, can you come up with the answer to question number three?
Well if you did, I tip my cap to you as I was stumped (the question also stumped Brian Joura). The answer is Ty Wigginton. My answer was Jose Reyes (going against my better judgment since it seemed too obvious) since I knew that was the year he came up. Wiggington’s name never popped into my mind and I thought he was around a couple of years before Wright permanently replaced him 2004.
Alas, I did not walk away with any money, but I did have fun and I least had my shot at glory. That’s all I could ask for.
I’m not sure if I will make the final cut as the show interviews plenty of subjects, but if I do, I’ll be sure to mention it on twitter. Be sure to check out Beer Money on SNY (they air on Sunday nights, with replays showed countless times) with the new season starting after Memorial Day. Be sure to like them on Facebook as well.
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