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'Oh, my gosh,' Astros lose

Brad Lidge went from being among the Astros' heroes to the goat with one devastating swing of the bat by Albert Pujols.

Originally Published: October 17, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

HOUSTON -- The bins of champagne rested in the middle of the Astros' clubhouse, cresting with bottles, right between the big screen television and the couches. Plastic blanketed the lockers, to protect them from the celebration that was to come. Just one more out and half of Texas would come through those doors and celebrate the first World Series appearance for a 44-year-old franchise.

But Albert Pujols became the storm that wrecked their party, with one vicious swing, and the instant that ...

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