Albert Pujols Sweepstakes – Winners and Losers

Posted: December 9, 2011 in Bunker
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Albert Pujols is now worth $254 million.  $2 million more than the steroid using, playoff-choking diva superstar Alex Rodriguez. It’s no doubt that Pujols is the best hitter of this generation and quite possibly one day the home-run king. This would seem like a no-brainer  for most. Pujols has been nothing but a model citizen since he entered the league and has been rewarded handsomely for being an upstanding citizen. (It’s quite telling that the biggest controversy Pujols has had was not talking to the reporters after he cost the Cardinals a game in the World Series. I’ll take that over steroids and choking consistently in the playoffs EVERY TIME.)

Winners: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Despite an inexcusably verbose name, the team has finally added some personality to their team. As good as the Angels have been they have never out-shined the Dodgers and continued to play second fiddle to the Dodgers even as the team was going bankrupt. Finally they steal the headlines. They established themselves as true players in the state and quite possibly have taken over as the main baseball attraction. Not only did they pull the best right-handed hitter and left handed pitcher, they may have gained a cultural icon for their latin community in Albert Pujols. Which brings me to

Winners: White Male Sports Radio Hosts Who Claim to Understand the “Latino Community”

Oh boy. Article after article. Expert after Expert. All they could talk about was how Albert was looking to be in a market with a large latino population. Because of course all latinos look up to Albert Pujols, nevermind Pujols is Dominican. Dominican, Mexican, Venezuelan, they’re all the same right? But for a week or so, white males and even African-Americans joined in and pretended to understand the wants and needs of Latino baseball fans in NYC, LA and Miami.

Losers: People Tired of Hearing  Sports Hosts Pretending They Know Anything about the Latino Community

I have to say, it was quite annoying. Especially considering throughout his baseball playing years, Pujols has not exactly been a media darling. He’s been dull. Quite frankly, boring.  Very little personality, very little to report besides the fact the man can swing the bat like no other player in history.

Losers: People who think Albert Pujols is only 32 years old. 

If this contract proves true, I’m under the suspicion that LAA just offered $25 million  year to a man who will be turning 40 in 4 years. Allegedly. I have no basis for this argument. But I’m just throwing it out there.

Reax to Pujols:

1) http://espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove11/story/_/id/7332443/life-albert-pujols-st-louis

2)http://espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove11/story/_/id/7330869/los-angeles-angels-shock-world-ink-albert-pujols-cj-wilson

3) http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111208&content_id=26128470&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

4) http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111208&content_id=26130008&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

5) http://deadspin.com/albert-pujols/

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