A few weeks ago, the Dodgers decided to have a team dinner at a restaurant. This restaurant is very small and in fact only has one long rectangular table that seats eight people, four on each side. Because of this, the Dodgers decided to have two seatings for dinner, one after the other. Before you can solve the puzzle, you have to figure out where each Dodger sat, and whether he attended the first or the second seating. Here is some information to help you:
- The attendees were Brad Ausmus, Casey Blake, former Dodger Yhency Brazoban, Andre Ethier, Orlando Hudson, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, Don Mattingly, Eric Milton, Guillermo Mota, Will Ohman, Juan Pierre, Eric Stults, Joe Torre, and Ramon Troncoso.
- Pitchers and fielders (meaning infielders and outfielders, not catchers) don’t get along. In fact, no pitcher will sit next to or directly across from any fielder. In addition, no pitcher will sit at a table where he is the only pitcher present, and the same goes for fielders.
- The Dodgers like to be able to eat without bumping their elbows all the time. To avoid this problem, a lefty can’t sit immediately to the right of a righty, nor can a righty sit immediately to the left of a lefty. Left/right handedness is determined by a player’s throwing hand.
- Catchers are so used to facing pitchers that they don’t feel right if they sit across from someone other than a pitcher.
- Since he was reviewing the restaurant for his blog, Andre Ethier attended both seatings and sat in the same seat the whole time.
- Casey Blake sat on the same side of the table as Ethier.
- Torre felt awkward about Brazoban being released, so Joe avoided Yhency by attending a different seating.
- Unfortunately for his teammates, Troncoso likes to randomly break into the chicken dance while he eats. This means he couldn’t sit to the immediate left of a lefty or the immediate right of a righty or they’d bump elbows.
- As everyone knows, Brad Ausmus and Juan Pierre are inseparable, and always have to sit next to each other.
- Guillermo Mota and Orlando Hudson, for reasons that won’t be mentioned, refused to be in the same room together at the same time.
- Three lefties attended the last seating.
- Here is a diagram to get you started:
At each seating, the Dodgers decide to make a toast to their favorite Dodger of all time. Who do they toast at each seating?
Puzzle Rules: The answer to the puzzle is the two current or former Dodger players toasted at each table. Comment freely in the thread, but if you have the solution, please don't give it away to everyone in the comments section. Instead, do the following:
- Email us with the first and last name of both players, along with your reasoning (submitted answers with only the players' names, without an explanation, will not be accepted. Likewise, correct answers arrived at via luck or the wrong reasoning count for participation credit only). And please include your screen name somewhere in the email; and
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