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Clutch Hitting, Myth or Magic?

I thought since we don't have a lot to talk about relative to our players, that we might debate some of the more debated abstract issues around right now.. 

This could be a series, but let's start with just one hot topic:

Is there a difference between a clutch hit and a normal hit, as far as the psyche of the player is concerned? 

On one side of the argument, people will say that the big numbers don't support it--career stats show players have the same numbers in clutch situations and normal situations.  

On the other hand, is anyone going to argue there wasn't something special in the whole braves club house last year when we had so many walk-off hits and last at bat victories? (just read that Chipper's was the first of the year, that's some awesome stuff).

I tend to remember those moments in my personal sports past, especially Beer Pong and bowling, that I made a clutch shot I almost knew was happening practically before the toss--a sort of sense of oneness with the situation. You know, what Baggar Vance is talking about haha. Still, I have been in other clutch situations and didn't reproduce that effect. Still, in the times that it did happen, in a clutch situation, I can't separate the sense of need from the successful act.. I hope this thread will be full of argument, stats, and also subjective experiences, that help us work towards a bigger understanding of this question. 

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