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Big Papi...
Posted by Mike D. at 7/31/2006 8:20:00 PM
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Greatest player of all time...well, you know what I mean...


No, he doesn't get it done EVERY time, but when he does fail, he gets his rips and never changes his approach -- then he gets it done the next time...bewtween him and Manny, the Sox have a pair of hitters who have the same mindset whether it's 18-0 or Game 7...Ortiz is the spoon that stirs the chowdah...Behind the scenes, Clutch Papi seems to have taken Willy Mo Pena under his wing and WMP looks like he is ready to do some serious raking going forward...glad they didn't trade him for some Kip Wellsian pitcher...
Posted by mikeinlalaland at 8/1/2006 8:45:00 AM
Manny's having a better year than Ortiz, though no one seems to realize that.
Posted by cliss at 8/1/2006 10:43:00 AM
Ortiz isn't even close to the top Walk-off HR or Walk-off hit lists. Don't get too crazy about his clutch hitting without checking out the stats:
Posted by schoenke at 8/1/2006 2:24:00 PM
Not necessarily, Pete. Adding his walk-off hits from his Twins days gives him 10 entering 2006. He's had five this year for 15 career walk-offs (his 12 in four seasons with Boston are the most in the majors in that span). 15 walk-off hits in essentially eight years (he played 25 combined games in 97 & 99) is impressive. The players on the list you provided all played 15-20+ years. So, Ortiz has done in half the time what guys like George Hendrick, Joe Carter and Lance Parrish did in their careers. Something else to keep in my is that a "walk-off" hit (a term I dread, btw) can only happen for the home team. Ortiz probably has a bunch more game-winning hits on the road that don't qualify as walk-offs (though, of course, this applies to the others on the list, too).

That said, one reason for Ortiz's "clutchness" is that he gets more at-abats in clutch situations with Manny behind him. If Manny wasn't behind him, he'd get walked every time.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 8/1/2006 5:36:00 PM

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