Tough gig, Boswell…trying to sell burial insurance home runs.
Yet though his performance was statistically unique, it also came with a pure bizarre Rangers Ballpark touch: all of his homers and RBI came after the Cards already lead 8-6 and, technically, constituted insurance runs.
Of course, nowhere on earth are insurance runs more valuable.
...In the Ballpark, hope never dies. No matter how far ahead, or behind you are, no lead — and no record — is safe.
Pujols’s last two homers were, to be candid, icing on his personal cake. For impact on a championship, they didn’t reach the three homers by Reggie Jackson in the Game 6 clincher for the Yankees in ’78. However, when the Pujols biography is finally written, this night will have as large a symbolic meaning as a statistical one. After all, who made the error in the ninth inning of Game 2 in St. Louis that put the eventual game-losing run in scoring position: Pujols, of course.
...Whether or not this is actually regarded, in time, as the best offensive game in World Series history — or a spectacular, come-to-the-party star turn in a blowout — may be determined by whether it is a punch to the gut from which the Rangers cannot recover.