Albert Pujols' bat awakens in Game 3
October, 23, 2011
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Jeff RobersonAlbert Pujols flips his bat and starts one of his three home run trots of Game 3.
In the not-to-distant future, Albert Pujols will become the highest-paid baseball player in the major leagues. Last night, in Game 3 of the World Series, Pujols reminded the entire baseball world that he is the most destructive offensive force in the game and why he deserves to be paid as such.
Until this point, Pujols was enjoying a very good postseason, albeit somewhat quietly. There was no drama to his contributions; he does it so consistently and effortlessly, it's almost as if it's just part of the backdrop. Fans and media have come to expect Pujols to hit. It's almost more noticeable when he doesn't.
And so it was in Game 3 that Pujols found himself 0-for-6 after Games 1 and 2 of the World Series. This despite the fact he had just gone 18-for-43 with two homers and 10 RBIs in the NLDS and NLCS combined. However, if the fans and media wanted drama, they got it, as Pujols nearly matched those power numbers in one night, going 5-for-6 with three home runs and six RBIs and leading the Cardinals to a 16-7 demolition of the Texas Rangers.