Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What's Albert Pujols Thinking Now?

Could Albert Pujols have been part of this postseason, if he was playing with the St. Louis Cardinals?

His foot injury that sidelined him the latter part of the season could have been been rehabbed in time for the last week or so of the end of the regular season and for the playoffs.  So, technically, yes, he could have played the postseason.

Rather than staying on in St. Louis, Albert went for the big bucks and the Hollywood atmosphere, signing for tens of millions annually with the Los Angeles Angels. Now, he's a spectator during MLB Playoffs while his old team and his current crosstown rival battle for the NL Pennant. A title he was part of three times, in 2004, 2006 and 2011.

Albert was reaching legendary status in St. Louis and gave it all up.  He could have been the modern Stan Musial or bigger. He took pride in the community and he backed it up with lots of numbers on the field.

The most recent news surrounding Albert involves him being accused of taking PED's and being asked to take a lie detector test to prove he isn't.  It may be nonsense, but it feels like Pujols has fallen off the throne some.

He's an aging superstar, but, should he have stayed an aging superstar in St. Louis, where he is loved and where he could have been part of another team making a run?

Pujols won two World Series in St. Louis and helped restore the franchise to elite status.  He was the face of the franchise.  But, he may have underestimated the strength to which he built it to.

Should he have signed with the Dodgers, instead?

The Dodgers have been on a major spending spree for the last couple of years.  However, I don't think anyone really knew for sure how things were going to work out for the Angels and Dodgers this season.  Long term, it remains to be seen what becomes of Albert in SoCal with the Angels.

Meanwhile, Albert's waiting for next season to prove all of his detractors wrong.  He's motivated now with redemption on his mind.

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