Using Professor Pepperwinkle’s skirt-invertin’ Anti-Magneto Gravitational Register…Kenny turns the baseball world upside-down!
But I have another question for you: If someone can “come up big” late in games, why can’t they “come up big” early, too? These players we see as “clutch” are usually just that—players who we see as clutch. It’s our perception.
Cabrera doesn’t give away early at-bats, it’s just that we remember the late RBIs better than the early ones. Just be aware that late production doesn’t count any more than early production. Not even a little. I mean not one bit. One equals one.
...You have 162 games, and a late win—even in the final days—absolutely, positively, does not count more than a win earlier in the season.
That being the case, why would what someone does in September be of any greater importance than what he does in May? The answer is, it isn’t. It just seems like it. We remember it better.
It seems like the season is “on the line” in the final weeks. The truth is, the season is always on the line. There may not be as much intensity, and there is time to overcome an early stumble, but those wins count precisely the same amount as wins gained when the schedule is shrinking. You have 162 games. You have 27 outs per game.
May got a bad rap. May is just as important as September. The early innings are just as important as the late innings. The game, and the season, is always on the line. “Late and clutch” make for a better story, but that’s all it is. When looking to hand out the AL MVP Award, go for the best player, not the best story.
Posted: October 05, 2012 at 04:50 AM | 29 comment(s)
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