A-Rod Sheds Choke-Artist Rep

Onetime postseason washout comes through in, yes, the clutch
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2009 1:42 PM CST
Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez celebrate after the Yankees' 7-4 wn over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the World Series Nov. 1, 2009, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – For years, the rap on Alex Rodriguez has been that despite his gaudy regular-season stats, he folded in the playoffs. His October performance nearly dispelled that rep, and his ninth-inning homer in last night's World Series Game 4 took him to a new level, Will Leitch writes: "He has his Legend Comes Up Huge In October (or November, anyway) Highlight."

True, nothing is decided. The Yankees hold a 3-1 edge going into tonight's Game 5, but their tattered pitching rotation could still open the door for the Phillies to charge into "a teeth-clenching Game 7" in their attempt to sew up back-to-back titles. Nevertheless, "no one will ever, ever accuse Alex Rodriguez of not being clutch again," Leitch writes for New York. "It's almost a shame: What will we all talk about now?"