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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Pujols speaks to the media this time

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Outside of the Rangers ninth-inning comeback victory in Game 2 of the World Series, there was St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols refusing to speak with reporters as a big story.

Pujols said he was available for about 20 minutes, but he wasn't seen in the clubhouse by some reporters. In Game 3 on Saturday night, after a three homer, six RBI performance, Pujols was at his locker, back turned as a large contingent of reporters approached him.

It sparked Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter to joke Pujols was going to talk. Pujols did, just not at his locker. He did so in the interview room.

The big deal with Pujols speaking with reporters following Game 2 was his error allowing a base runner to advance during that critical ninth inning.

No errors on this night just an offensive outburst from Pujols, one of baseball's best hitters.

"What can I say?" he said. "To tell you the truth, I just come and get ready to play. I've been in that situation before where people just blow things out, and it is what it is and you can't really think about that. My main focus is we are in the World Series. The sad part of that was that you got two great quality pitchers and nobody talked about that, about Jaime and Lewis. Nobody talked about that."

Pujols referred to the Rangers' Colby Lewis and the Cardinals Jaime Garcia.

Cardinals DH Lance Berkman was asked did Pujols use the criticism he received from the media for not speaking after Game 2 as motivation?

"It was the least [of our] concern what you guys thought about it," he said. "I don’t think it was an answer. Nobody is criticizing his hitting, they just said he didn’t hang around and answer questions to the media. I don’t think there’s anything to that."