As if we needed further proof that Albert Pujols will demand his own wing in Cooperstown someday, he put himself in some pretty decent company tonight.
Game 3 of the 2011 World Series just became the Pujols show. With a line of five hits in six at-bats, three home runs, six RBI and 14 total bases, the big first baseman either tied or set four Fall Classic records.
What I want to focus on is the three home runs. That's a big accomplishment in any game. But in crunch time, on the world's biggest baseball stage, on the road, no less? Pujols became the third player of all time to reach the three-homers-in-the-World-Series milestone. Maybe you've heard of the other two?
Babe Ruth. Reggie Jackson. Albert Pujols. For years, it's been a no-doubter. Pujols was going to be one of the greats. This may be that one little gold star on the resume that he needed to consistently have his name mentioned among players like the Great Bambino.
We are truly witnessing the greatest individual athlete in any sport of any era. It may be premature to say that Pujols will be the greatest baseball player ever to live.
But I've come up with 10 legitimate reasons as to why he will eventually hold that title, and why he will earn every penny of the inevitable $300 million contract coming his way.