"In that situation, man, you just want to stay away from the double play," Pujols said. "You don't want to be a rally killer."
A Tony Robbins, power-of-positive-thinking moment, it was not, but that had no bearing on what happened next.
Pujols tore into an
"I got something up and put a good swing on it," said Pujols, whose homer turned a 7-5 deficit into a 9-7 lead. "I knew it had a good chance to go, especially down the line. I was just praying that it would stay fair."
Pujols has been one of baseball's hottest hitters since late May, hitting .354 (28 for 79) with 12 home runs and 25 runs batted in over his last 21 games to raise his average from .235 to .273.
He has an
"I don't want to talk about that," Pujols said. "I'm just seeing the ball good and putting my best swing on it. It's the same thing I've been doing all year long, I'm just getting better breaks, I guess. I just thank God I'm able to help my club win.