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Who would be Nats’ postseason hero?

Oct 19, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

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Ryan Zimmerman has always had a flair for the dramatic. Could he do it in October?

It seems safe to say that the 2010 postseason will be remembered as the Postseason of Cliff Lee. Unless it's the Postseason of Roy Halladay. Or the Postseason of Tim Lincecum.

October creates baseball heroes, players who rise to the occasion and shine under the brightest spotlight, immortalizing themselves in the game's lore. Sometimes, these heroes are already-great players who become even greater legends with their postseason performances (Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Curt Schilling). Sometimes, they're little-known role players who thrust themselves into the baseball pantheon with one epic feat (Bill Mazeroski, Bobby Thomson, Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone).

So here's the question of the day: If and when the Nationals ever reach the postseason, who is most likely to become D.C.'s postseason baseball hero?

Is it Ryan Zimmerman, who in his five big-league seasons certainly has shown a flair for the dramatic? Could Mr. Walk-Off pull another one off in late-October?

Is it Stephen Strasburg, who has all the qualities you want from a postseason ace … provided he comes back 100 percent from TommyRead more ยป

  1. NR Cody Ross - Oct 19, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    "It seems safe to say that the 2010 postseason will be remembered as the Postseason of Cliff Lee. Unless it's the Postseason of Roy Halladay. Or the Postseason of Tim Lincecum.October creates baseball heroes, players who rise to the occasion and shine under the brightest spotlight, immortalizing themselves in the game's lore. Sometimes, these heroes are already-great players who become even greater legends with their postseason performances (Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Curt Schilling). Sometimes, they're little-known role players who thrust themselves into the baseball pantheon with one epic feat (Bill Mazeroski, Bobby Thomson, Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone)."What am I, chopped Liver?

  2. Doc - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Mr. Walk-Off–Zim, of course. It's time the rest of the country had a chance to watch one of the best players that they probably haven't seen.

  3. Jim Hoy - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Still holding out hope that it might be Adam Dunn.

  4. Anonymous - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Nationals Postseason hero: Aging Walter Johnson wins Game 7 of the '24 Series in heroic relief effort. Maybe an aging Stras will do the same in the next '24 Series.

  5. Aaron F. Boone - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    The only real postseason heroes are the ones who gain a new middle name in the process.

  6. Josh - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    It's truly impossible to tell. Outside of super aces like Halladay and Lee (and sometimes even then), you really don't know what you're going to get in the postseason from even your most productive players. Anything can happen in a short series.

  7. Steve M. - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Who knew Gene Tenace before his huge post-season in 1972?I agree with Doc, Mr. Walk-Off Zim. I could see him doing what Brooks Robinson did with the glove in October 1970 and with Derek Jeter did with the bat in October 2000.

  8. Steve M. - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    As I watched last night's game and they posted up the greatest ERA's in the post season with pitchers having at least 5 starts. #1 was Sandy Koufax's post season numbers, a 0.95 ERA overall. #2 Christy Mathewson #3 Cliff Lee with a 1.26 ERA.Cliff Lee is a perfect 7-0 right now in the post-season.If this Yankee/Rangers series go to 7 games, Cliff Lee will get to pitch game #7.Sadly for the Rangers, if it goes 7 games they won't have Cliff Lee to pitch game #1 of the World Series!

  9. NR Bill Mazeroski - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Hey, bub, call me a role player when you've got a bust in Cooperstown.

  10. NR Omar Minaya - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    I think it will be Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, or Brandon Phillips.

  11. Jim Kurtzke - Oct 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Zim because he can win a game 3 ways: with the bat, with the glove, and on the bases

  12. Dave - Oct 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    I can see it now, Nyger lays down a bunt for a single in a tie game in the 9th. Then proceeds to get picked off. . . oh wait, you said heros not goats.

  13. N. Cognito - Oct 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    I do not understand the question.

  14. Kenz aFan - Oct 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Hypotheticals are the place where fools rush in. Talk about stupid questions.

  15. Edward J. Cunningham - Oct 19, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    @Kenz aFanAre you NoShoeJoe on the MLB Nats board? It's me, "eddiejc1".

  16. Anonymous - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    Their is only one answer: Mike Rizzo. If the Nats get to the postseason in the next five years,it will be a result of efforts, past and future, by Mike Rizzo to turn this team into a contender. If that Nats make it, we can thank Mike.

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