I guess Albert Pujols took all that negative talk about him following St. Louis' Game 2 loss to heart.
Tonight in Game 3, he proceeded to take his frustrations out on Texas pitching, and in the process delivered what may have very well been the single-greatest performance in World Series history.
Playing like a man possessed, Pujols went a blistering 5-for-6, with 3 home runs, 6 RBI and 4 runs scored as the Cardinals destroyed the Rangers by a final of 16-7, to take a 2-1 series lead in the Fall Classic.
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"It's pretty special," Pujols said of equaling the power feats of Ruth and Jackson. "Those guys were great players. To do it on this stage is amazing. At the same time, I didn't walk into the ballpark thinking I'd have a night like tonight."
Pujols went 0-for-6 in the first two games of the series, and was called out for avoiding the media after his error in the 9th inning helped contribute to St. Louis coughing up Game 2.
So, while Pujols may not have expected to have a big game this evening, perhaps everyone else should have seen it coming.
After all, talk tends to wake a sleeping giant.
Be afraid Texas. Be very afraid.