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.