On the night of May 4, the Angels had just lost 4-0 to Toronto. Their record was 10-17, and their new star slugger, the future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, was batting .194, with zero home runs. He'd just gone 0 for 4 and had heard boos at Angel Stadium for the first time.

He sat quietly at his locker and spoke with a calm and confidence that seemed a bit disengaged from the reality. At the time.

"I need to have faith and stay strong, and know that this bad time will pass," he said. "And if it won't pass, if it's meant to be like this the whole year, I deal with it. But you know what, I'm a great hitter. I know I can hit. And before you know it, I'll start making some adjustments and swing the bat the way I know how to swing the bat."