Clutch adjective: 1. Successful in a crucial situation 2. Raul Ibanez
We all know that there is only one Mr. October in Reggie Jackson for his performance in the 1977 World Series for the New York Yankees. But could Raul Ibanez already be considered Senor Octubre for his heroics during these 2012 MLB playoffs?
With Alex Rodriguez not being able to produce anything during these playoffs, Raul took full advantage of his time in the spotlight when Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to pinch hit for A-Rod in the 9th inning of game three of the ALDS. Ibanez stepped up to the plate, literally and figuratively, blasting a 2-run homerun to tie the game. Three innings later, in the bottom of the 12th, Ibanez would come to the plate again and this time win it for the Yankees with a walk off solo homerun.
Ibanez went 4-for-9 in the ALDS (.364 BA), with three of the most important RBIs in that series.
In tonight’s game one of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, Ibanez was called upon again; And delivered again. Down 4-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning, Raul hit a 2-run homerun, his second hit of the game, this time off of Tigers closer, Jose Valverde to keep the Yankees alive, again.
So is it too soon to say that Raul is the the most important player of this playoff season? The Yankees might not be on my tv right now if it weren’t for him.
I say it’s not too early. Jackson’s homeruns in games four and five didn’t even mean anything to the final score. Raul has single handedly kept the Yankees alive. If Senor Octubre is too close to the original, then someone get this man a nickname!
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