March 16, 2009
Albert Pujols in Sports Illustrated
As if I needed another reason to like this guy here comes a great piece on him in this weeks Sports Illustrated magazine. The article basically puts him in the same league as Babe Ruth as far as being able to hit homers on command, and Roberto Clemente for all the charity work he does and donations he makes. The article also points out that he is deeply religious, and would never offend God by taking steroids. Albert wants us to believe in him, and knows most people don't. Albert knows that the more he produces the less people will believe that he did this with his own talent, muscle, and natural ability. The message he wants to get out is to believe in him. Sure, no problem Albert- I got your back.
I would tell you all more, but then what fun would reading it yourself be?
I am sure there are a bunch of readers out there that are going to say he's nuts thinking we will all believe him, that I am nuts for believing him, and I know all about how much he charges for autographs because I am sure someone is going to throw that in. Bottom line is it's guys like him who have their own foundations to help other people, donate time and money, and don't expect anything in return that people should look up to. There are plenty of other players who do the same thing with charities and helping those who are less fortunate, and those guys are all heroes to someone- regardless of how many homeruns they hit. If he ends up on that list of 200 players, I will gladly eat my words about believing in him- but I don't think it will happen.
Now as for this Sports Illustrated issue, it is off to an Ultra Pro sleeve and into Pujols' binder.