1. And our grand-prize winner is a fellow named Mike Carminati, the author of the Mike's Rants column on the all-baseball.com Web site. After Damian Miller signed with the Brewers, Carminati pounced all over the biggest subplot behind that signing -- namely, that there will now be a Miller playing nightly at Miller Park.
So who else, you ask, has ever played games in a home park with the same name as his last name? Carminati actually looked it up. Here goes:
Clark Griffith: Griffith Stadium in Washington, 1912-13-14
Bert Griffith: Griffith Stadium in Washington, 1924
Dan Murphy: Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, 1989
Kevin King: Kingdome in Seattle, 1993-94-95
Then there are the close-but-not-quites: Jim Hunt at the Huntingdon Avenue Grounds in Boston in 1910, and David Bell at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco in 2002.
We're disqualifying all the guys named Field and Park who played in a Field or a Park. Sorry. Too easy.
And we should disqualify Clark Griffith, too -- since he owned and managed the Senators. Not to mention that the stadium was named after him. Or that it was actually known as National Park when he played in it. For some reason, though, we're going to let him slide, trivia softies that we are.
I did say at the time that "Now, that is the height of triviality.