Albert Pujols ripped a long drive down the left-field line, and the Los Angeles Angels rose in the dugout along with the crowd. The ball sliced through the heavy night air, soaring into the stands - and hooking just a few feet foul outside the yellow pole.
The collective groan in Angel Stadium was audible from the dugout to the back of the bleachers Monday, and it's getting louder every night.
One month into a lavish contract with a new team, baseball's most feared slugger has lost his pop.
''I know I can hit home runs,'' Pujols said. ''When it's going to happen, I don't know.''
Pujols didn't hit a homer for the Angels in April, shockingly going 23 games and 92 at-bats without once doing what he did 445 times over 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Dating back to late last season, the three-time NL MVP and two-time World Series champion is in the longest longball drought of his career, going 29 games and 121 at-bats without a homer.
For a gifted power hitter in the ostens...