BitterDodgerFan wrote:it's simple..some people thrive under pressure and some crack under it.
I'm just curious- there is much data to support "clutch" hitting doesn't exist. Does anyone have stats to support if clutch pitching does or doesn't exist? Since pitching is much more strategic whereas hitting seems to be more reactionary, I would imagine it might be more apt to allow for "clutch" variations.
Again....what is clutch?
Was this whole game clutch for Josh Beckett simply because it was postseason? Or is a closer coming into the 8th inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out in a 1 run ballgame clutch?
You have to define what clutch is...and everyone has a different opinion of it. Some people think Aaron Boone's homerun in 2003 was clutch, or David Ortiz's homerun in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. Well, then what about all the batters before them. Were they chokers, since they didn't get the job done? What about Tim Wakefield and Mariano Rivera? Are they chokers for giving up those homeruns...despite getting several outs before that?
You've got to define what clutch is before you can start throwing it around...although that doesn't seem to stop anyone.