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8 years ago today, Albert Pujols blasted this absolute moonshot off Brad Lidge in the NLCS

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Things were looking dire for the Cardinals in the ninth inning of NLCS Game 5 in Houston on October 17, 2005. The Astros' lights-out closer, Brad Lidge, was on to save a 4-2 lead and send Houston to their first World Series in history. He was one strike away, with the bases empty, before David Eckstein singled. And then Jim Edmonds walked. And then, this happened:

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Albert Pujols' three-run home run was so gargantuan it flew above Minute Maid Park's train tracks and smacked the back of the closed roof. Announcer Bob Brenly described the stunned crowd best when he said "the collective intake of breath turned this place into a vacuum."

St. Louis would hang on to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, forcing the series back to St. Louis. Houston won Game 6 and got to the World Series anyway, but nevertheless, it's still one of the most dramatic homers in Cardinals, and NLCS, history.


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