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Heroes and Goats: Notes on Game Four of the 2009 World Series

style="line-height: 130%;">Johnny Damon and Alex Rodriguez provided the heroics for the Yankees in their 8-5 win Sunday night in Game Four of the 2009 World Series, but when there are heroes in the game of baseball, there also must be goats.

Unlike other sports, baseball is mostly a zero sum game.

If a pitcher gets a really big (or final) out, then the hitter didn't "come through in the clutch." If a hitter gets the big hit, such as Pedro Feliz hitting a game tying home run in the bottom of the eighth, then the goat is the pitcher who served up the gopher ball. In the latter case, that would be Joba Chamberlain. 

Chamberlain gave up the tying ...

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