ST. LOUIS - I'm guessing there are about as many St. Louisans who feel sorry for Albert Pujols as there are New Yorkers who sympathize with Alex Rodriguez.
My empathy for A-Rod is nonexistent but I do feel sorry for Pujols. That is, as sorry as one can feel for someone making 240 million.
While Pujols and his new team have struggled since he landed in California last year, the Cardinals have emerged as strong as ever. They certainly are in a better place than they would have been if Pujols had not turned down their 200-plus million.
Still, while much of St. Louis tuning into the Cardinals' series at Anaheim this week will be hissing at their TVs when Pujols enters the picture, I will be hoping he doesn't go 0 for 4.
An 0-fer by Pujols, of course, wouldn't be anything he's not used to these days. He enters the series 4 for his past 34 and his batting average down to a Pete Kozma-like .249. The Angels believe Pujols' struggles are due mostly to feet and knee ailments that have ...