Mark McGwire talks about Albert Pujols
"What a night," was the reaction from St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire.
In his career, McGwire hit 583 home runs but just one in the World Series.
Albert Pujols went 5-for-6 with three home runs, 14 total bases and six RBIs in the Cardinals' 16-7 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 3.
The 14 total bases set a World Series record and Pujols' five hits tied a World Series record, last done in 1982 by Paul Molitor. Of course, the three home runs marked the fourth time that's ever happened, Babe Ruth did it in 1926 and 1928 and Reggie Jackson was the last to do it before Pujols in 1977.
"I would have to assume he saw the ball obviously pretty well tonight," McGwire said outside the Cardinals clubhouse. "And what I liked tonight [was] he was working the counts really good. He was working getting pitches to hit. We were talking earlier in the cage before the game and he said his swing felt so good. I said. 'Albert, it just comes down to getting pitches to hit -- patience and getting pitches to hit."
In the dugout during road games, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he wants his players to chatter to combat the crowd noise they're getting.
There seemed to be a feeling in the dugout that Pujols was about to have one of those big nights.
"There was a couple of times in that dugout about the middle of the game, somebody kept saying, 'He's having a day he'll never forget,' and that's kind of what he did," La Russa said. "What did he get, five hits, three home runs and against that club. There wasn't any of that production we didn't need."
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