“Legends are born in October.”
In the game of baseball, this saying surfaces every postseason—and rightfully so. For teams playing in October, it means they’re in the postseason and that the 162 regular season games they’ve played over the preceding six months have now put them in contention to be World Series Champions.
Tonight is Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. The American League Texas Rangers have a one-game lead over the National League St. Louis Cardinals, and could clinch the title with a win tonight.
Whether or not you’re following the World Series—or baseball in general—you may have heard about one of the most historic nights in MLB history that happened over the weekend.
On Saturday, October 22, 2011, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals became only the third player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a single World Series game. The other two? Babe Ruth (twice: 1926 and 1928), and “Mr. October” himself, Reggie Jackson (1977).
Needless to say, Pujols is now in some pretty phenomenal company. But for Pujols, there is more to life than baseball.
More Than the Game
For a man who has now solidified his spot in Cooperstown, eventually to be immortalized in baseball’s Hall of Fame, one thing remains clear—baseball is only a means to an end:
God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball. But baseball is not the end; baseball is the means by which my wife, Dee Dee, and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
After his unbelievable night, Puljos’ game-worn jersey, along with his bat and batting gloves, were quickly authenticated by Major League Baseball to be preserved and admired for generations to come.
As Puljos was giving his post-game interview, it seemed as if the last thing he wanted to talk about was himself—or his performance. Rather, he talked about being blessed to be in the situation and thanked God he was able to contribute to his team’s push for a World Series Championship title.
On and off the field, Pujols remains humble and selfless. Even in the opening sentence on The Pujols Family Foundation website, which he started with his wife, it states that the foundation “exists to honor God and strengthen families through our works, deeds and examples.”
Clearly there is more to Pujols than baseball.
Offer Ends with the World Series
As we mentioned, the World Series could end tonight, but with a Cardinals win, there could be a Game 7 on Thursday. Either way, get Pujols: More Than the Game now.
Do you already have a favorite 2011 World Series highlight? Will Puljos’ three home runs be a story you share for years to come? Did you see Reggie Jackson’s home runs in 1977?
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