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Opinion George Will’s 2017 Opening Day Quiz

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitches against the Cleveland Indians on March 2 at Camelback Ranch. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)
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Editor’s note: On Opening Day, George Will answered readers’ baseball questions on Facebook Live from Nationals Park. Watch the video here.

Sportswriter: “You hit only two home runs all last year and already you’ve hit seven this year [1969]. What’s the difference?”

Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: “Five.”

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See? Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” And don’t be discouraged if some questions stump you. As Phillies manager Danny Ozark said in 1976, “Even Napoleon had his Watergate.” And as Brewers manager Harvey Kuenn said after losing the 1982 World Series to the Cardinals, “We’re going to hang our heads high.” Now, name the player or players who:

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