Until Nelson Cruz happened, no one had ever hit six home runs in one playoff series before. The Texas Rangers slugger went just 1-for-15 in the team's ALDS win, but came alive in a huge way as the Rangers topped the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS and cruised on to the World Series.
Cruz set single-series postseason records for homers and RBI, and tied the one for total bases.
The six homers were thrillers, too. Only one came before the seventh inning. One was a walk-off bomb. One tied the game late in its progress. An outrageously late bloomer whose first impact season came at age 28, Cruz is nonetheless on a course toward being one of the all-time great postseason sluggers.
As a tribute, here are brief reviews of his six ALCS homers, ranked according to their importance.