Is A-Rod the new Mr. Autumn?
- What changed everyone's perception was Reggie's 43rd postseason game, Game Six of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he hit three home runs. No one called him "Mr. October" before that game. Next time, think about this before you start to dump on any player for choking in the postseason. What a difference one game can make.
For two straight Octobers, then, Reggie Jackson took center stage. And that's why "Mr. October" stuck, I think.
All of which is ancient history, of course. Barra's larger point is that Rodriguez has done perfectly well in the postseason. Even if he hadn't, that wouldn't necessarily tell us anything about his character or his abilities, any more than Willie Mays' .337 postseason slugging percentage or Jeff Bagwell's .226 postseason batting average tells us anything about theirs.
Neither Mays nor Bagwell had a great number of chances. But if you give a great enough chances, eventually he's going to hurt you. Just ask the Minnesota Twins.