There’s nothing like a player who can bring it home when the game’s on the line. Whether it’s the fourth quarter, the third period or the ninth inning, having a player on your team who always performs in the clutch is an invaluable asset. With that in mind, the team here at Goliath wanted to take a look at some of sports history’s most inspired performers and pay homage to those athletes who always manage to come through when the team needs them most. They aren’t always the best players, mind you; no, these are guys who are defined by their ability to make the right play at the right moment, but they aren’t all stars. That said, they are all heroes to their respective franchises in some way, as they’ve all put the team on their back at some point or another and said “hey, let’s win this one.”
10. Derek Jeter
Major League Baseball witnessed the end of an era in 2014, as superstar shortstop Derek Jeter retired after a historic career. One of the most prolific players in the history of baseball, Jeter’s place on our list of most clutch professional athletes has been hard earned and is well-deserved. Jeter, who always produces in the postseason and has earned the nickname “Captain Clutch” for his efforts, has contributed mightily to the vast success the New York Yankees organization has experienced since drafting the shortstop in 1992 (they selected him right out of high school). The owner of a career .309 batting average in the playoffs (made all the more impressive by the fact that he’s the MLB record holder for career playoff games played), Jeter has performed remarkably with the game on the line, consistently producing hits and runs when the Yanks needed them most. Most impressively, Jeter has an outrageous .321 batting average in the World Series. Those are video game numbers, people.