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Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals' Marc Rzepczynski during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) By Eric Gay Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals' Marc Rzepczynski during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) By Eric Gay
Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli reacts to hitting a two-RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals' Marc Rzepczynski during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) By Eric Gay Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli reacts to hitting a two-RBI double off St. Louis Cardinals' Marc Rzepczynski during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) By Eric Gay
Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) By Tony Gutierrez Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a two-run double during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) By Tony Gutierrez

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It happens every fall. Someone steps up -- maybe a monster talent like Albert Pujols, perhaps a good player like Mike Napoli given a chance when the stars align. Might even be a fringe guy.

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A huge swing or two or three, a masterful job on the mound, a sparkling play in the field can do more than win a game. They can create a legacy that lasts forever -- "Mr. October."
  
Pujols made the first big dent in this World Series, then it was Napoli's turn.
  
Bases loaded, eighth inning, tie game. A ballpark full of fans on their feet, "Nap-Oh-Lee" flashing on the scoreboard, crowd chanting his name.
  
And did he deliver.
  
A booming double that put his Texas Rangers one win from their first championship, a gigantic hit that moved him closer to possibly becoming the Series MVP.

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