Well, I'd say that Albert Pujols is living up to the pressure of being appointed Newsday's most intriguing person of this World Series, wouldn't you?

Good Lord.

Pujols produced a historic night, and now the Cardinals hold a 2-1 advantage. Don't make Albert angry, I wrote, facetiously. 

Only Pujols knows whether his "Didn't talk to the media after Game 2" blow-up served as motivation for what transpired in Game 3. What we know for sure is, the sequence of events made for one hell of an entertaining story.

--Yet another night in which the need for expanded instant replay seemed rather obvious. Matt Holliday was clearly out on Mike Napoli's tag, in what would have been a fourth-inning double play, and the inning exploded on Texas, with St. Louis putting up four runs.

First-base umpire Ron Kulpa took the blame afterwards, admitting he messed up. Too bad his error had unnecessary consequences.

--Prior to the game, I wrote my Sunday Insider on Pujols and Prince Fielder, noting the question that people throughout the industry are wondering: Who will sign first this winter? The impending free agents' representatives, Dan Lozano and Scott Boras, have a growing rivalry that is far more intense and contentious than any ill will between Pujols and Fielder themselves.

--Have a great day.

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