Yes, there was Braun.
And yes, there was also Prince.
And UGH, there was Greinke.
But when I think of where I was and what happened on 10/9/2011 in Game 1 of the 2011 NLCS I will think of only one person and that person is Yuniesky Betancourt. MY MAIN MAN YUNIESKY BETANCOURT. YUNI YUNI YUNI YUNIIIIIEEEEE.
Yuni has gotten a lot of crap from people throughout the season and rightfully so, but one thing we should never discount is that when he swings the bat at a (good) pitch and makes (good) contact he can do very good things. He has power in that bat of his which is probably why he swings it so damn much. We can argue the merits of Yuniesky Betancourt as a major league shortstop until we are blue in the face, but the fact remains that Yuni can hit a lot better than a lot of shortstops out there. Yes, other people have higher batting averages and higher OPS, but Yuni is always among the top half of ISO because he just hits the ball harder than most people. Yuni isn't the best, but he is not without value. He is a valuable member of this team. 0.5 Wins Above Replacement is still above replacement and we shouldn't forget that.
That being said, is Yuni the most MLB playoffs baseball player ever?
Let's be honest. The first round five game series is not indicative of true talent and neither is a seven game series. It's a talking point that is getting a lot of play lately as the two best regular seasons find themselves on the outside looking in and it certainly does make a lot of sense. The Yankees were the best team over 162 games which says more about them than a five game series against the Tigers, but that's not how baseball works and now the Tigers are considered "better" for having eliminated them. Yuniesky Betancourt wasn't a very good player during the regular season with a paltry OPS of .652, but he's currently sporting a .984 OPS in the playoffs and is making his haters look silly. (Which pleases me to no end.) Is Yuniesky Betancourt the best example of the frailty of the playoffs?
Maybe, maybe not. I only care if the Brewers win.
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