• Nothing Wrong With The “Dog”

    Posted by on November 18th, 2005 · Comments (2)

    I just saw – via BaseballThinkFactory.org – that David Damiani in The American Enterprise Online took what I said last month a few steps further. A clip from Damiani:

    In 2005, Rodriguez had a bad playoff series. So have Reggie Jackson, Barry Bonds, and countless other all-time greats renowned for clutch performance. For that matter, so has Jeter, who makes a gratuitous cameo in all columns written about the clutch, even those in the automotive section of the paper. Jeter’s postseason averages through 2004 (.306/.380/.456) are on par with his career regular-season averages of .314/.386/.461. In 2001, the year Jeter famously threw out the world’s all-time worst baserunner (not that I am bitter) to help the Yankees win the A.L. Division Series, he hit .118 in the ALCS and .148 in the World Series. Yet to this day, Jeter is called “Mr. November” for that World Series–which the Yankees lost.

    If enough people keep this up, maybe some day the mass media and then the general public will get it as well. Fingers crossed.

    Comments on Nothing Wrong With The “Dog”

    1. JohnnyC
      November 18th, 2005 | 10:23 am

      On the other hand, I’m not in favor of wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing, i.e., as a Yankees fan, I would not resort to a gratuitous bashing of Derek Jeter just to support an argument for ARod’s post-season clutchitude. While I heartily agree that the ARod-hate-a-thon is ridiculous, can we lighten up on the “bash the Yankees via the back door while making a seemingly legitimate point” line of discourse? We get enough of that from people like Peter Gammons.

    2. Raf
      November 18th, 2005 | 10:54 am

      It’s a legit comparision, no bashing intended. I’ve done it meself on this site.

      The more playoff games you play, the closer you will get to your average numbers.

      Sometimes you have good series, sometimes you have bad series. Just like during the season, you have hot streaks, you have cold streaks. This is part of the reason Lee calls the playoffs “small sample size garbage.”

      The beauty of baseball is that it’s not set up like football or basketball, where one player can bear the team load, everyone has to participate. No such thing as a “ball hog” in baseball.

      I love this game

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