Pujols gets better and better

Published 11:59 pm Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It’s quite exciting to watch the sports greats dominate the field in their respective games — Tiger Woods in golf, Ben Roethlisberger in football, David Beckham in soccer, Sidney Crosby in hockey and Albert Pujols in baseball.

Each adds a great amount of popularity for their sports and exudes the possibility for people to reach their hopes and dreams in life.

I have written a column for Woods, Roethlisberger and Beckham, but I have not given Crosby or Pujols this space.

Expect a column on Crosby for next week, but this week Pujols caught my eye and is a willing candidate to write about.

For weeks now, baseball commentators are calling the St. Louis slugger the best in baseball and I agree with that.

Pujols made everyone realize Tuesday night that he was back — hitting two home runs, one of them a grand slam in the 10th inning.

In that game against the New York Mets, Albert went 4-for-5 with three runs, five RBIs and two home runs to bring his team to a 12-7 win.

On Fox Sports’ Web site, Cardinals coach Tony La Russa said Pujols fixed the slump he has been in for some time.

“I said he’s smart. He’ll fix it,” La Russa said after the game Tuesday. “He fixed it (Tuesday night).”

Before the game Tuesday, Pujols’ did not get a single hit in his previous 13 at bats.

So, I beg to ask, how did he overcome this cold slump to hit two home runs in the game and knock in five runners?

In that same web article, Pujols answered my previous question — he basically said he made some good hits.

“I didn’t change my approach,” Pujols said. “I just made sure I had good swings.”

With that grand slam in the 10th inning, Pujols tied Ernie Banks’ National League record of five grand slams in a single season, a record that was set back in 1955.

He is one more grand slam away from tying the major league grand slam record with Travis Hafner and Don Mattingly.

By the way, did I say that the game was played at Citi Field in New York?

It just goes to show that Pujols can take the heat even while on the road.

Another thing I like about Pujols is that he is a consistent player at the plate. His lowest single season batting average is .314, and his highest is .359.

With it being the most critical time of the baseball calendar, Pujols will have to deliver the Cardinals out of the second place slot they are in in the tight NL Central race.

It will be interesting to watch Pujols in the next month because this is make-or-break time.