From two pitching duals to nothing short of a pure slugfest, Game 3 of the World Series was a complete turnaround from Games 1 and 2. And Albert Pujols proved once again why he is the most feared hitter in baseball.
Three home runs in one game. 5-6 at the plate. 6 RBIs. What left many of those in Arlington jaw dropped last night is what Cardinals players and fans have come to expect. Albert was hitless in Games 1 and 2. 0-6 with a walk. Simply put, Albert was due. Perhaps overdue. In Game 3, Albert caught up. He now keeps company with Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson and it all seems so very right.
Albert took a little bit of heat for not speaking to the press after Thursday's loss. He said he waited 25 minutes but no one approached him in the locker room. Maybe the reporters were scared? The travel day gave Albert extra time to think or perhaps dwell on the first two games. Some players can struggle through an entire post season (Alex Rodriguez) I don't see how that is humanly possible for Albert Pujols. He is that good. He may have a few sub-par games at the plate but Albert gets himself back on track more quickly than any other player in the game. His legend is growing right before our very eyes. Do you realize how lucky you are to witness to this?
Tonight, Game 4, I expect to see Albert walked more than once. Honestly, can you blame the Rangers?