Tonight's wild-card playoff game at PNC Park won't be about Moneyball. It won't be about OBP, OPS or WHIP. The stats are out the window.
Tonight is about COMPOSURE.
If you trail, can you stay calm and rally? COMPOSURE.
If you lead, can you avoid choking? COMPOSURE.
In big games, the late ROBERTO CLEMENTE had ice water running through his veins. Clemente defined clutch. He played in two World Series. He hit .310 in 1960 and .414 in 1971. The Pirates won both times.
Clemente won the '71 World Series almost single-handed. He totally annihilated Baltimore's great pitching staff. Twelve hits, including two home runs, a triple and two doubles. Clemente crushed a homer in Game 7, a 2-1 Pirates win. PHENOMENAL.
When Barry Bonds played in the playoffs, his body language was awful. You could tell Bonds thought things were going to go bad. Inevitably, they did.
Clemente never flinched. COMPOSURE.
I wish Clemente was alive to see tonight. Roberto was like Mario Lemieux. Forever linked with his team, and forever linked with Pittsburgh.