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What they’re saying about Albert Pujols’ historic night

Oct 23, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

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Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols tallied a World Series record 14 total bases in Saturday night’s 16-7 Game 3 defeat of the Rangers. He went 5-for-6 with six RBI and four runs scored, homering three times to join the proverbial Mount Rushmore of postseason performers. Only Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson had homered three times in a World Series game before Albert joined them in accomplishing the feat.

Let’s take a trip around the web to see what others are saying about Pujols’ historical performance:

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com: “This isn’t a tale about how many zillions of dollars Albert Pujols is about to add to his 401(k) this winter. This isn’t a tale about whether Albert Pujols owes it to the American public to talk to media knuckleheads like us after a World Series game. No, this is just a tale about what really matters at times like this — the tale of how the greatest hitter in our solar system took an electrifying journey into the history books on a crazy Saturday evening in October.”

MLB.com’s Matthew Leach: “It would not have been unreasonable to think Albert Pujols had nothing left to accomplish in baseball. It just would have been wrong. Add one more line to the résumé of the greatest hitter of his generation: Pujols turned in the greatest individual hitting performance in World Series history on Saturday night.”

Rangers manager Ron Washington: “Between him and [Miguel] Cabrera, you need to outlaw them. They’re just that good.The guy just got locked in after his first at-bat tonight. I thought we had put him away. Next thing you know, the ball is up in the third deck.”

Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa: “There were a couple times in the dugout during the middle of the game we said let’s have a game like we’ll never forget. That’s kind of what he did.’’

Gil LeBreton, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “Pujols batted in four consecutive innings, fourth through seventh. He hit a single, a single, a home run and then another homer. And for anyone who wasn’t yet stupefied, Pujols launched another fly ball into the left-field seats in the top of the ninth.”

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “When the scoreboard stopped flashing, when the smoke cleared, when the Texas Rangers’ pitchers wobbled into the clubhouse to receive stitches, Albert Pujols finally dropped his bat. … Pujols went deep into his own heart, and then deep into the heart of Texas.”

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports: “North Texas has its way of lookin’ at things, and then of puttin’ ‘em. And right about the time the Texas Rangers were gettin’ plum pole-axed Saturday night on Nolan Ryan Expressway, as they were witnessing and participating in one of the great offensive performances – if not the greatest – in World Series history, they’d bought themselves another folksy idiom: Son, you don’t get into a hittin’ contest with Albert Pujols.”

SI.com’s Tom Verducci: “Lincoln at Gettysburg. Hendrix at Woodstock. Pujols at Arlington. The performance of a lifetime.”

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “You know you’re getting old(er) when you see something like tonite and reckon you’ll never see it again.”

  1. kyleortonsarm - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    All dumb luck. I could have done that.

    • lardman10 - Oct 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      i did it. watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jRnBSECUTA

    • 1historian - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:08 AM

      I’m going to assume you’re kidding. Still – thumbs down

  2. joshftw - Oct 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    The best hitter in our solar system?
    Does Jayson Stark know something about the proliferation of Baseball throughout the galaxy that we don’t?

    • yankeesgameday - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Pujols is the Boyles Law of baseball

      • ditto65 - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        The more pressure you put on Pujols, the further Pujols hits the ball?

    • Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      Kinda makes you wish that Douglas Adams was a sportswriter, doesn’t it?

    • Detroit Michael - Oct 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Yes, apparently, Stark knows that Barry Bonds no longer lives in our solar system.

  3. Brian Murphy - Oct 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    All credit to Albert, but I would also point out how stubborn Ron Washington was to actually pitch to him, especially with Mike Gonzalez on the mound in the seventh. Who cares if first base isn’t open?!?! Who would you rather pitch to: Pujols or Holliday? It was pigheaded baseball machismo at its worst.

    Don’t get me started on Darren Oliver throwing him an 87-MPH fastball. Plain idiocy.

  4. Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Just for a little balance – too many accolades spoil the broth, you know – I’m going to re-post here a paragraph of hueylewis’ post from October 22nd when Albert treated the self-entitled media with the contempt it deserves:

    “This is a player that continually gets a free pass for a lack of fundamentals, and wants 30 million dollars per year? Give me a break! Pujols left his teammates holding the bag last night. It was clear that he did not want to be questioned about his critical mistake, and just took off. Instead of saying that he made a mistake today,…..Pujols and LaRussa turn it into a joke. Blaming everyone else but himself.”

    Prophecy? Did I hear anyone say….prophecy?

    • garythebat - Oct 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Gator, the turd that wrote this insane post has a bucket of sour grapes to add to that broth: http://www.brewcrewball.com/2011/10/23/2508120/did-albert-pujols-just-have-the-most-overrated-performance-of-all-time

      • garythebat - Oct 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        And also, if Pujols’ dingers are less impressive because they came during “garbage time,” I’d hate to see how Mr. Long Hair would react if Albert actually hit a meaningful homer during this series: http://www.sawauto.com/uploader/up/noooo.gif

    • Old Gator - Oct 23, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      Yeah, sometimes when you want to demonstrate the acute idiocy of some bufone or other, you just need to repeat their own words back to them. But obviously this is an embittered Brewers fan who, as I think I once saw it explained, enjoys blaming everyone else for their failure but themselves.

      Maybe Huey would feel better if he stopped trying to spin an unstable gyro and instead sacrificed a rat at the feet of the Bud Light statue in front of Miller Park.

      • paperlions - Oct 23, 2011 at 6:35 PM

        Isn’t that the same guy that tried to say that Pujols wouldn’t make as much money if not for beat reporters? As stated in that post, Pujols will make a lot of money because he is one of the best hitters to ever play baseball, and if he never did a single post-game interview, he would make the same amount and people would want to see him play exactly as much.

        …and thank to Bernie for reminding me why I stopped reading his stuff about 20 yrs ago….ugh….what a combination of bad writting and bad narrative.

  5. aceshigh11 - Oct 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Leave it to Pujols to completely and utterly erase ALL memory of the previous game’s bogus, trumped-up mini-controversy.

    Wow…talk about epic.

  6. 1historian - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    memo to all ink-stained wretches – get over yourself. You did not hit those home runs – Pujols did.

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