A walk-off home run in the postseason can turn an ordinary player into a baseball legend.
Just last season, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (pictured), in the third year of what was to that point an unremarkable MLB career, cemented himself as a Cardinals hero with his performance in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers.
In the ninth inning, Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple to save the Cards in the first of two last-strike situations for St. Louis. Then, Freese won the wild game in the 11th with a walk-off solo home run. The Missouri native is now a St. Louis legend at both the high school and professional levels.
Another St. Louis Cardinal had the most memorable moment of his career at the plate, despite being known for his stellar play in the field throughout his career. Ozzie Smith had never before hit a home run while batting left-handed but he did just that as he walked off Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS with a solo shot, prompting the late great Jack Buck to implore Cardinals fans to "Go crazy, folks!".
But the "Wizard of Oz" wasn't the only light-hitting middle infielder to author the signature moment of his solid career with a game-winning home run in October. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski beat the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series with the only Game 7 walk-off home run in World Series history.
When "Maz" was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, some argued that he earned the honor on the strength of his memorable home run, and not simply for his career statistics.
Now, Bryce Harper is not an ordinary player. But overall, his statistics this season have been just that. A walk-off home run in the playoffs will erase the regular season memories and help him live up to his enormous expectations.