Competition from the first five months of the MLB calendar does not compare to September and October baseball.
The latter is comprised of the season's biggest games, and in the past, each team has had at least one player rise to the occasion.
Contenders annually find themselves trapped in a pressure cooker as the media ramps up its coverage and fans become more vocal.
The only escape routes? Victory or elimination.
As you'd suspect, there is considerable overlap between history's top overall performers and those who overachieved with a championship on the line. Though this list includes a handful of future Hall of Famers, it is also sprinkled with forgotten heroes.
Continue reading for my team-by-team presentation of the best big-game players Major League Baseball has ever known.