Hurry, administer the John Sterling Cooper test! Baggypants just went out the window!
The latest talk in New York, as the city shakily tries to recover from the Mariano Rivera injury, is about David Robertson and whether he has the stuff, the guts, the pluck, the spirit, the moxie, the cojones, the courage, the bravery, the backbone, the grit, the fire, the fearlessness, the toughness, the determination, the audacity, the boldness, the spine, the mettle, the heroism and the nerve to actually get batters out in the ninth inning.
You know. The toughest three outs in all of baseball.
...Whatever the reasons for this phenomenon—and I’m sure I’m missing some reasons—I’d love to create a cliche. I’d love for this cliche to be: The toughest three outs in baseball are the first three outs. it may not sound true. And it doesn’t really fill our irresistible need for clarity and finality—after all, getting the first three ours without giving up a run doesn’t mean you’re going to win or even that your likely to win. You could get the first three outs without giving up a run and still lose the game 48-1.
Still, based on the numbers, it’s a generalization but also something close to a fact. The toughest three outs are the first three outs. Sometimes the true story isn’t as much fun or as emotional as the myth. That doesn’t make it any less true.