Found October 29, 2011 on
Big League Stew:
ST. LOUIS — Whether he's crushing three homers in a World Series game or deflecting questions about his impending free agency, Albert Pujols can seem downright robotic. His reputation as a destroyer of baseballs and bids for interesting quotes is well earned.
It was interesting, then, to see Pujols drop his usual persona around the ballpark to being one of the main mischief makers in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse following the clinching of the second World Series title in the Pujolsian Era. As the face of the franchise, Pujols took full advantage of his stature to attack with the bubbly and leave his fellow Redbirds drenched without any fear of retribution. He started his night with a strike against catcher Yadier Molina, then set his sights elsewhere.
Let's break down one of his next operations, step by step, shall we?
1. Identify target: The cardinal rule at aiming for teammates in the clubhouse celebration is the more interviewed and more distracted, the better. Fit...
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This time, it really was Albert Pujols' final at-bat of the season, and perhaps as a Cardinal. The flashbulbs popped furiously in appreciation of the three-time NL MVP, who struck out in the seventh inning of Game 7. One last send-off. Now, it's time to start talking. After 11 seasons with the team that drafted him, Pujols is a free agent for the first time.
It’s been reported by multiple media outlets for weeks that the Marlins figure to play a role in the impending free agency of Albert Pujols. It is likely the Marlins do in fact check in Pujols and even present an offer but at the end of the day — the chances of the future Hall [...]
Last Saturday night, Albert Pujols treated us to an unparalleled display of power. His 5-for-6 performance, which included three home runs, six RBI, and 14 total bases, produced a RE24 of 5.808, the highest in World Series history.
To help pass the time until tomorrow night’s game, I thought that it would be interesting to examine the best Game Six offensive performances in...
The Texas Rangers have walked Albert Pujols five times in the first six games of this World Series—all intentionally. Many of these walks are bad ideas! (And not just for the spiritual reasons elucidated of late by Josh Levin and Rob Neyer, among others.) More »
Albert Pujols tried to give away nothing during the celebration, tried to stay in the moment. But what a moment it was.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- This time, it really was Albert Pujols' final at-bat of the season, and perhaps with the Cardinals.
Braves general manager Frank Wren will not be grabbing the spotlight by pursuing Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes or any of this offseason's other high-profile free agents, but he is plenty motivated to improve upon a difficult ending to the 2011 season.
C.J. Wilson, Jimmy Rollins also on the market
The Cardinals' Albert Pujols heads the list of baseball players on the market this off-season, with the Yankees' C. C. Sabathia and the Mets' Jose Reyes the other top names.
Commissioner Bud Selig, visiting with reporters before the start
of Game 7 of the World Series, touched on several topics Friday,
not the least of which was Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols'