I still can't get over the late inning heroics that always seem to follow Andre Ethier. Just unbelievable. So unbelievable, in fact, the Baseball-Reference blog analyzes it and concludes he is by far the "clutchiest" hitter in the game today. (Hat Tip: SOSG) Furthermore, Baseball Musings confirms it. (Hat Tip: Dodger Thoughts)
What seems surprising is that, by his own admission, he wasn't alway so good in this situation, via Jim Alexander of the Press Enterprise.
"I was awful in those situations at the beginning," he said. "Not just the beginning of my career in pro ball, but even college and high school. I had a tendency to press too much."What explains his sudden proficiency?
"It's one of the few situations in baseball where it's always the same. In the third inning I can come up with a guy on second, and there can be tons of different outcomes. But in a late inning like that, with guys on base, one swing is gonna end the game or keep it movin' on.
"So you have to stay with the same approach, and that's what I've done -- go up there and want to be the guy and have fun doing it, and believe in yourself most of all."
Confidence is what it is all about. Read more of this great interview right here.