Quick, name the player who:
* is batting .433 in close-and-late situations this year,
* is batting .294 with runners in scoring position and two outs,
* hit .310/.358/.506 with RISP in 2006,
* hit .333/.400/.542 with RISP and two outs in 2006,
* is a lifetime .325/.353/.500 hitter with the bases loaded,
* has a lifetime line of .286/.369/.461 line with RISP and two outs,
* rates among the baserunning leaders this year in advancing on flyballs hit by other players (source: Baseball Prospectus), indicating at least some level of hustle on the basepaths, and
* rated four runs above average as a defensive right fielder in 2006 (again, thx to BP).
Hint: this player is widely perceived to be not clutch, not a good defender and not a hustling player.
Note: none of this means that said player is necessarily a great ballplayer. It does not mean that Player X should be starting every day. Just a little thought exercise about re-thinking perceptions.
-M, listening to "Music from Big Pink" by The Band.