Who’s Clutch?!


Mark Loretta, in a feat of almost unimaginable clutchness this afternoon, beat the Seattle Mariners with one swift swing of the bat.  In doing so, Loretta also perpetrated an act of incredible thievery.  The second baseman’s two-run homer wrested the opportunity for additonal clutchness from the King of Clutch himself, Big Papi, who in previous at-bats had exhibited that clutchness (and in the 8th, a heart-fluttering almost-clutchness) that we all know to be of his awesomely clutch soul: two characteristically clutch home runs that tied the game up, and one mashed towering fly ball that fell about four feet short of three-homer-in-a-game-legendary clutchness.  We point this out only because YF had taken it upon himself to follow many of the KoC’s at-bats, documenting with sarcastic snideness (and a hint of a tongue-in-cheek) how un-clutch he could be.  For shame.  Had Loretta not stolen Papi’s clutch thunder, we would have been treated to another at-bat on the edge of our seats, full of confidence that our hero would have come through.  In the clutch.

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  • I am stupefied how any fan, Yankee or Red Sox, could have watched the 2004 ALCS and taken away the notion that either (A) there is no such thing as clutch, or (B) that David Ortiz is not clutch — strike that, that David Ortiz is not clutch personified.
    Some guys got it. Some guys don’t. I don’t know why, but there it is.

    MJL in L.A. April 17, 2006, 5:44 pm
  • Amen brother.

    Mayday Malone April 17, 2006, 5:47 pm
  • I just enjoy the term “stupified.”

    mattymatty April 17, 2006, 6:11 pm
  • David Ortiz–2006:
    RISP .200 .368
    RISP w/2 Outs .143 .250
    Clutch Personified.

    walein April 17, 2006, 6:14 pm
  • Homers hit with a man on first, down 2 runs, and homers hit with nobody on and the team down a run (with none, 1, or 2 outs) don’t show up in the stats you cite, Walein. But I am guessing you know that.

    SF April 17, 2006, 6:16 pm
  • Are we gonna have that statistical clutch analysis for ARod as well SF?

    walein April 17, 2006, 6:18 pm
  • By the way…I’m being facetious about Ortiz. Besides being one of the most likeable rival players, his lifetime #s in the above depts. are muy bien.

    walein April 17, 2006, 6:22 pm
  • Nope. This post isn’t about him. Must it always be about the Yankees?! You guys are so self-centered…

    SF April 17, 2006, 6:23 pm
  • Nope. This post isn’t about him. Must it always be about the Yankees?! You guys are so self-centered…

    SF April 17, 2006, 6:24 pm
  • i thought we were rather respectully silent during tha M’s-Sox game thread. We let you have your Patriots Day. Is that not enough?!

    NickYF April 17, 2006, 6:27 pm
  • Ah, you “let” us. Nice.

    SF April 17, 2006, 6:29 pm
  • i remember one time a-rod was clutch. in the WBC he got a game winning seeing eye single. i guess all this really goes to show is that the WBC really doesn’t matter. if it did matter he’d probably disappear as is his m.o.

    sf rod April 17, 2006, 7:06 pm
  • “i thought we were rather respectully silent during tha M’s-Sox game thread. We let you have your Patriots Day. Is that not enough?!”
    Graciousness from a Yankees’ fan. Who’d have thunk?!!

    Craig April 17, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Career:
    ARod: 14.4 at bats per home run
    Ortiz: 17.5 at bats per home run
    Both are amazing hitters, and I am glad I get to watch them. The “clutchness” concept of hitting seems to be as often or more often a device to devalue other players’ production as it is to assign a positive aspect to a given hitter. With all due respect to Revere, “One run if by ARod, Two if by Ortiz.”
    I suppose at least for posterity’s sake, it’s the clutch ones that we will talk about when sitting on a rocker boring our grandkids of the game of our youth when they want to play soccer or Playstation 14 or whatever.
    Rodriguez gets beat up over whatever albatross anyone can hang around his neck, and for his salary, he can afford the therapy from whatever complex he may develop.
    My sister, an avid Yankees fan, married a die-hard Red Sox fan from Boston and now lives with her Sox husband and two kids in the NE corner of CT. I know Easter holiday and Patriot’s Day were great fun for her and her family. Of course I have no idea what kind of psychological damage has been done to the children born of love that defies all the known laws of the universe.
    Happy Patriots Day.

    attackgerbil April 17, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Funny. This thread was about David Ortiz. Nobody else. The first person to post about A-Rod was a Yankees fan — Walein. So how come I have a feeling it’s us Sox fans that will be chastised some time down the road for focusing too hard on the other guys, for not just being able to enjoy our own team? Even when we do nothing but praise our own players, it seems like it always gets steered back to the New Yorkers, many times by their own fans. Let’s just remember this at some point, when a Yankees fan argues that us Sox fans are never able to just sit back and enjoy the glory.
    A-Rod has absolutely nothing to do with this post. And I prefer it that way.

    SF April 17, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • SF, I have no problem not talking about the plAyeR whOse name must not be mentioneD in this thread from this point forward if it was such a faux pas for me to bring up a collateral, though certainly close issue. We all know that the concept of clutch was key to last year’s MVP debate, and still raises hackles. It very may well be a key issue again this fall.
    I was trying to initiate conversation about the value of clutch. Maybe that topic is at the point of stick: meet dead horse.
    In your thread opener, you made reference to YF and his habitual “de-clutchifying” of Ortiz. My first non-statistcal comment about him was how much I enjoyed watching him hit. So, Sox fan, sit back and enjoy, and I won’t ever call you on not being able to. A few Yankees fans are enjoying it as well. At least when they aren’t pitching to him.

    attackgerbil April 17, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Agreed. 4/17/06: Never Forget.

    airk April 17, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • “Mark Loretta, in a feat of almost unimaginable clutchness”
    Huh? Unimaginable clutchness? SF, It was a walk-off home run, nothing more, nothing less. A very nice moment for the Sox, absolutely, but unimaginable clutchness? Please SF. Quit gushing.

    whatever April 17, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • “I’ve never experienced it before at any level — Little League, high school or college level,” he said. “Just complete euphoria. You kind of have to take a step back and think `is the game really over”
    Loretta had never hit a walkoff homer in his entire life, at any level. Whatever, Whatever.

    SF April 17, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • OK, it was a first time game winner for Mark Loretta, but I still don’t get this unimaginable clutchness.

    whatever April 17, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Clutch — In a best-of-four division championship,Down three games, providing the winning RBIs, two nights in a row
    Unclutch — In the same division championship, hitting a dribbler back to the pitcher and then trying to slap the ball out of his glove in front of national televised audience.

    Hudson April 17, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Run along little Huddy, the adults are talking, and by the way, you idiot, we were discussing Loretta.

    whatever April 17, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Whew, let ’em fly boys!

    Brad April 17, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • It was a nice hit that capped the end of a very nice nip and tuck game. Let’s leave it at that.
    Besides, that was yesterday and today Clement is on the mound. Too much to worry about to languish in yesterday’s sweetness. =)

    Craig April 18, 2006, 7:24 am

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