He's got an absolute world of talent. I was recently asked who I thought was the best hitter in baseball and I said his name. He would be my first choice in picking a fantasy baseball team.
He's been compared to and has been called "the new Barry Bonds." Well, as it turns out, he's more like Bonds than I had originally thought (and it has nothing to do with steroids).
Albert Pujols is a jerk.
Not that baseball has never had it share of idiots. A long list can be written, from Ty Cobb and John McGraw to Bonds and Roger Clemens. The sport has always been chock full of them.
But Albert Pujols really did a nice hatchet job on a future Hall Of Famer the other night. Tom Glavine pitched an absolutely splendid game in Game 1 of the NLCS against St. Louis. Seven shutout innings, and he allowed just three hits. It gave the Mets a huge boost in trying to make it to their first World Series in 20 years. (They've run into big trouble since Thursday night, but that's another story.)
Apparently, King Albert didn't think Glavine pitched well at all, and he may have been one of the very few people who thought that. "He wasn't good, he wasn't good at all," said Pujols of Glavine. The next day, a writer approached him about the previous night's comments, and Pujols wouldn't back down. He stayed by what he said, and was just as combative as he was the night before. Generally, when players have a bad night against a good pitcher, they will compliment him and move on, especially if its in a postseason series. What this imbecile did is give the Mets' bulletin board some new material.
Pujols might have taken a better look at himself that night, as he lined out twice and made an absoutely stupid baserunning blunder that led to him getting picked off first and killing a Cardinal rally.
John Harper of the New York Daily News wrote an interesting article on Pujols and this whole dustup in Saturday's edition, and its worth reading: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/story/461626p-388420c.html
Apparently, the writers in St. Louis are getting tired of his act as well. I can't help but think of that line about "$10 million dollars worth of talent in a 10 cent head."
OK, he may not be "fat," but he is an idiot. He's got a ton of talent, but it sure as hell not in the department of public relations.
We may have another Barry Bonds on our hands, and not just in the batter's box.