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Clutch Or Lucky?

by Tom King

There is an argument going on these days between the number crunchers and other baseball observers over a number of things. The stat guys will tell you that bunting is bad and wins by a pitcher are over-rated. They will tell you that just because a player wins the Triple Crown doesnt mean he should win the MVP. They are constantly belittling old school managers for relying on intangibles when putting together a line-up. And they don't believe that "clutch hitters" exist.

Over the years we have seen many performances that have been labeled clutch. That some hitters seem to do better when the game is on the line. It could be big stars or it could be guys like Al Weis or Buddy Biancalana. The stat heads will tell you it's just a small sample or some guys get more opportunities than others to play in high-leverage situations so naturally they will have more big hits...or its just luck. Whatever it is David Ortiz has it.

Any Red Sox fan can re-count his postseason heroics in 2004 when the Sox ended their long post-season run of futility and came back from a 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees in the ALCS and then sweep the Cardinals in the World Series. It seemed he was Roy Hobbs...hitting whatever he needed whenever he wanted. Now he adds to his legend with a game tying grand slam last night as the Sox pulled even with the Tigers in the ALCS. The Red Sox have had no answer for the Tiger starters but when they got into the bullpen Big Papi came up big again. I really don't care if its luck or something else. I only know that as a Red Sox fan...I want David Ortiz at the plate when the game is on the line.

A nice hard fought win for  the Packers yesterday. Eddie Lacy with 120 yards! Now if they would just give him the ball every time on 3rd and short...

Don't forget...89 cent Jordy burgers at A&W today.

We will find out more today on the injuries to Cobb & Jones.

The Badgers are back in the top 25 as they pounded Northwestern on Saturday. Chris Borland led a swarming defense. 7 different players had sacks in the game for Bucky.

Congrats to Wausau West who took home the Wausau Log on Friday night. After a close first half 9-7 had East thinking upset...the Warriors gave them a heavy does of RB Jake Whalen in the second half. He finished with 247 yards. He's being looked at by some D-1 schools as a linebacker...but this performance surely has to have some folks looking at him as a short-yardage back as well.

East and West square off in Volleyball Tuesday night.With a win East can clinch the Valley Conference title.

Songs of the Day   (from my I-pod)

Memphis Underground-Herbie Mann(1969) a funky amalgamation of Jazz, R & B, and rock in this hypnotic LP. This is well before Mann went mainstream pop in the late 70's and features two of the greatest guitarists of all-time in Larry Coryell and Duane Allman.

Mendocino-Sir Douglas Quintet(1968) a Texas band that became part of the San Francisco scene and featured the unmistakeable sound of Augie Meyers Vox organ. Gotta love Doug Sahm's sideburns