Reading through comments here and elsewhere, I’d like to take a look at the idea of being “clutch” and coming through when it counts. Robinson Cano was the only Yankee, besides some walks by Curtis Granderson and hits by Derek Jeter, to really do anything offensively this postseason. Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira (before getting hurt), and Alex Rodriguez didn’t have the greatest playoffs, and the Bronx Cheers of their ineptitude have been heard around New York. But let’s back the train up a little, shall we?
First of all and before we get into this, this isn’t to criticize Cano or call him a bad player. He’s an awesome player that will probably come in the top 3 of the MVP voting and deserves to be there. He’s one of the best players in the game. But is he clutch, or at least more so than any other player? That’s what I’m not sure about. To me, he’s simply an excellent hitter who was really zoned in, and it was incredible to watch. That bomb in Arlington was spectacular, and he pretty much nailed everything else. It reminds me of Carlos Beltran in 2004 (though Beltran was more impressive). So while the adjectives “awesome”, “great”, and “fantastic” are apt descriptions of Cano, I’m not sure “clutch” really fits.
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