Regardless of whether you’re rooting for or against the St. Louis Cardinals, you can’t help but be awed by Albert Pujols’ feats on the baseball diamond.
Game 3 of the World Series was the latest example of what “The Machine” is capable of doing when he’s at the plate. Pujols went 5-for-6 with 3 homers and 6 RBI, becoming only the third player to hit three home runs in a World Series game (Babe Ruth did it in Game 4 of the 1926 World Series and Game 4 of the 1928 World Series, and Reggie Jackson did it in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series), the second player to get five hits in a World Series game (Paul Molitor did it in Game 1 of the 1982 World Series), the third player to drive in six runs in a World Series game (equaling the feats of Bobby Richardson in Game 3 of the 1960 World Series and Hideki Matsui in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series), and the first player to amass 14 total bases in a single World Series game. He also became the first player to get a hit in four consecutive innings of a World Series game.
After last night’s game, MLB.com ranked Pujols’ performance among the 10 greatest in World Series history.
Incidentally, the Cooperstown-bound Pujols played only one season in the minor leagues, mostly in the Midwest League. In 109 games for the Peoria Chiefs — a Cardinals affiliate in 2000 — Pujols hit .324 with 17 homers, 32 doubles and 84 RBI.