St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols tied the records of Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth in hitting three home runs in a single World Series game. He matched or broke other records too.
It's been nine years since the Yankees' last World Series title – an eternity for New York. But the Yanks are well positioned to make amends, starting Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.
On a journey from Plymouth Rock to the Grand Canyon, we find an America that is neither as divided as talk-show histrionics would suggest, nor as sullen as a flagging economy says we should be. We find a country that is struggling, yes, but is also pragmatic and still harbors a little idealism.