I think it's valid to examine the sexism inherent in using that phrase, while understanding that a lot of times it's used out of habit, without really thinking about the implication. I used to call people "retards" every 4 seconds. I didn't think about it, I just did it because everyone did when I was growing up and I had always done it. Doesn't mean that, when I stopped to think about it, it didn't come about as a result of someone's shitty prejudice at some point.
Even with those miserable post-seasons, we're still talking a .263/.369/.464/.833 (ba/obp/slg/ops) batting line. Not up to his career regular season numbers, but still very solid.
Right. Compared to his usual standard (and status as one of the game's best/highest paid players) his overall postseason performance was decidedly underwhelming. You can't just remove those three postseasons. They happened.
I know they happened, and I included them in the stats.
I just find it ridiculous that people, including a mention in this thread (though I can't remember by whom), believe that 326 plate appearances of above-average offense somehow negatively define any part of his career. 11,000+ PA of greatness is far more relevant.
That's less of an opportunity (and greater performance) than he had in the 2012 season, which was injury-shortened for him.
Also, it's often forgotten how amazing his 2009 post-season performance was. A huge factor towards the Yanks WS title.
Oh I'm not claiming his playoff stats should or shouldn't define him. Whether that matters is a personal preference to the individual fan. But his playoff results are his playoff results.