The psychology of the clutch athlete

By Mark Otten, Associate Professor of Psychology, California State University, Northridge. Who will emerge as this year’s David Freese? Eric Gay/AP Photo “I don’t know. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing,” said Dodgers outfielder Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez after game 5 of the National League Championship Series, when he became the first Dodger in the team’s 134-year history to hit three home runs in a postseason game.

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