ST. LOUIS - Cardinals fan Andy Mauch didnt want to believe it when Albert Pujols left for the Anaheim Angels last winter. So he didnt.
He wouldnt talk about it, his father Larry says. He didnt believe it. He denied it and would lie for him and say, Oh hes coming back. But we told him, Andy hes not. Hes over it now.
What baseball team Pujols plays for couldnt have been more meaningless Sunday night. Thats because the three-time MVP was on the same team as Mauch and others with Down syndrome at the 5th annual Pujols Family Foundation All-Star basketball game at Missouri Baptist University.
Pujols joined forces with an impressive list of local celebrities to bring smiles to the faces of many on the court and tears to some of their family members in the stands. It was a night those in attendance felt privileged to be a part of. And one nobody will soon forget.
Thats the priority, Pujols said afterwards. It doesnt matter where you play or where youre from. You saw the support from ...