Zito is God wrote:Out of all the actives there are a lot of personal choices. If you were down one, bases loaded and 2 outs in the ninth, many people would take diffrent players. Some good choices are Manny Ramirez, A-Rod, Pujols, Rafael palmeiro, Jeter, and, of course, Bonds.
Well if you put it that way, then the answer is obviously Bonds. The pitcher would probably intentionally walk him cause they'd rather give up the lead and go into extra innings than lose the game on a grand-slam.
It sounds dumb, but you really never know, especially if its Jack McWalk managing the opposing team.
LCBOY wrote:Why is hitting in the 2nd inning different from hitting in the 9th? Please explain.
Have you ever played a sport in your life? If so, you would know that there is way more importance placed on a play in the last seconds of a game than a play in the beginning of the game, especially when the game is close. I have a couple examples to give you:
1) Hockey: Overtime. You are the goalie. Every shot that gets slapped your way is could be the winning goal. Every save you make makes you a hero, but that one goal you let in makes you the goat. Pressure? No way.
2) Soccer: Penalty kicks. You are the last kicker out of 5 on your team. You are down 4-3. If you make the goal, your team gets another chance. If you miss, you are booed by millions of fans around the world. Pressure? Never.
3) Baseball: Bottom of the ninth. Your team is down by 2 and the bases are loaded with 2 outs. You are up. Every time you make contact the game could be over, with your team winning or the other team winning. Or you could tie it. Or you could strike out. Thousands of fans around you are screaming and yelling, willing you to hit the ball to one of the places on the field where a fielder is not present. The count reaches 3-2. You swing and miss, you go home. You take a strike, you go home. Take a ball, you leave the game up to the next hitter. You swing and hit the ball, you have a small chance of the ball landing where you can reach base safely. But if it does fall, you are the hero, the champion, the greatest player of all time, if only for a day. Pressure? Not for you, I guess.
In all these situations, there is a hell of a lot of pressure, a lot of importance placed on the ensuing play. If you come through, you have done well in the clutch. If you screw up, you are banished to the lowest low of sport. The difference between the outcomes of two plays is what defines clutch. If the difference is great, than the situation is defined as a clutch situation. If small, the situation is simply normal.
One equality is true no matter what you think: clutch=glory.
Why else would thousands of kids in their back yards whisper to themselves, "Bottom of ninth, bases loaded, two out. Giants down by 2. Up steps Bonds with a 3 and 2 count. Here's the pitch... He swings, and........"
That, my friends, is clutch.