Albert Pujols just put on a home run derby display of power in the World Series.
This is not supposed to happen. Of course, that's just Pujols, and that's why he is the best player in the game today.
Is he the best player of all-time? That is an argument for another day.
You can't argue the fact, however, that Pujols is about to sign perhaps this biggest contract of all-time. He was already pushing that envelope, and last night's performance is only going to increase what it costs the St. Louis Cardinals to re-sign him.
Back in August, I wasn't so sure.
I changed my mind. There is no doubt about it—the St. Louis Cardinals are going to re-sign Pujols.
The Cardinals are going to win the World Series with their ace pitcher, Adam Wainwright, on the disabled list.
They are going to win the World Series having cut loose their Opening Day closer, Ryan Franklin, a long time ago.
The Cardinals are going to win the World Series with a bunch of young pitchers (Motte, Boggs, Sallas, that Scrabble guy) and a bunch of young, no-name position players (Jay, Craig, Freese).
The Cardinals are going to win the World Series because of Pujols. He is that good!
Yes, I'm sure Cards GM John Mozeliak was jumping for joy every time Pujols swung his bat last night, but I'm sure the stone-cold reality that Pujols' price tag is going up was also setting in.
Because every time Pujols swung his bat last night, I'm sure Mozeliak heard one sound, and it was not the crack of the bat.
It was a great big cha-ching!
So, Cardinals management and owners, please pay Albert Pujols! He is the greatest hitter of this generation and maybe the best hitter of all-time.
The best part about it is all Cardinals fans, myself included, can say he is ours.
Don't let him go anywhere else. Show Pujols the money. He is ours.