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Berkman: Albert's better than Babe

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08:12 AM ET 10.24 | Even after his 14-base night, Albert Pujols wasn't much for talking about himself over the weekend. The three home runs matched a Fall Classic single-game record held by Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson, while the six RBI tied Bobby Richardson and Hideki Matsui for the most in a World Series game. Only Paul Molitor had recorded five hits in a game in the World Series, while the 14 total bases set a record. Once the game ended, however, Pujols tried to deflect any talk about his historic night. ... Pujols might not have been impressed with his performance, but he may have been the only one. "He's a better hitter than Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson and there's no doubt about it," said Lance Berkman.

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October 24, 2011  08:16 AM ET

..."He's a better hitter than Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson and there's no doubt about it..."

Not exactly an incendiary fact here, is it?

October 24, 2011  08:42 AM ET

Too bad he doesn't have their class. I'm surprised at Lance....Pujols will watch his HR's leave the yard but won't face the media when he commits an error. Kids look up to him and it would be nice of he could show them how to be humble and own up to one's mistakes.

October 24, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Indeed, could anybody doubt Lance Berkman's expertise regarding Babe Ruth's hitting ability? And Ruth didn't even play for the Texas Rangers!

October 24, 2011  08:50 AM ET

Pujols is better than Ruth? I know Berkman is old, but I had no idea he played with Ruth.

October 24, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Pujols is better than Ruth? I know Berkman is old, but I had no idea he played with Ruth.

I think Arthur Rhodes told him about Ruth.......

October 24, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Berkman must be sampling some of the peyote in the lonstar state. Better than Jackson, no question and by a huge amount. Better than Ruth? Give me a break, the man should think before he opens his trap.

October 24, 2011  08:57 AM ET

They need to test Berkman for drugs after that statement.

October 24, 2011  09:00 AM ET

He probably just said it in order to make Pujols stay in St. Louis, no matter how folly and stupid the comment was.

October 24, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think Arthur Rhodes told him about Ruth.......

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 24, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He probably just said it in order to make Pujols stay in St. Louis, no matter how folly and stupid the comment was.

agreed

October 24, 2011  09:18 AM ET

Reggie Jackson wasn't all that great a player, but he raked when it mattered most. He batted a career .262 and had a year below the Mendoza line.

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October 24, 2011  09:31 AM ET
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Yes, he is way better than Ruth. Ruth had that baby right field fence to bloop home runs over - give me a break. If Ted Williams had played in NY and had not spent 4 years in the service, all of Ruth's records would have been broken. And NO, Pujols is not better than Williams, not that anybody said so, but just in case anybody was thinking it.

He's not better than Williams because you're a Red Sox fan, not that anyone cares about your comments in general.

October 24, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Let's compare Pujols to Jackson at the end of Albert's career. There still may be a year or two close to the Mendoza line in his bag; loves breaking balls on the outside corner. Wait until reflexes begin to go downhill (they will, believe me). As to Berkman, it is obvious he did not enjoy his three months rental in the Bronx; I wouldn't either with his lousy hitting performance. Albert, sober, could not hit (or pitch) like a drunken Babe......

October 24, 2011  09:37 AM ET

Considering I never saw Babe hit, Im not sure Im qualified to make that statement... Thats what the reply to Berkmans statemernt should be! But everyone knows he's pumping Pujols tires to keep him in St. Louis

October 24, 2011  09:47 AM ET

Pujols is definately better than Reggie. Reggie hit .262 lifetime. As for the Babe, go look at his numbers. Pujols will be no where near them when he retires.

October 24, 2011  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yes, he is way better than Ruth. Ruth had that baby right field fence to bloop home runs over - give me a break. If Ted Williams had played in NY and had not spent 4 years in the service, all of Ruth's records would have been broken. And NO, Pujols is not better than Williams, not that anybody said so, but just in case anybody was thinking it.

Ted Williams > Pujols

October 24, 2011  09:51 AM ET

I'd love to see Pujols pitch a few innings. He has a hard time throwing accurately to home from first as it is.

October 24, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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Reggie Jackson wasn't all that great a player, but he raked when it mattered most. He batted a career .262 and had a year below the Mendoza line.

Jackson's post season batting average was .278, nominally above his career average. Jackson is a blowhard that currently wanders the halls of Yankee Stadium teling people he's Mr. October.

 
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