Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/12/12
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MINNEAPOLIS I don't remember his first major league at-bat, a groundout on April 2, 2001, when he played left field for the Cardinals in Colorado, or his first hit just five innings later. I can't pinpoint the first time I watched him play, which sticky St. Louis night 13-year-old me first penciled the name Albert Pujols onto her scorecard, and perhaps that's because it sometimes seemed like he'd always been there.Of course there was baseball in St. Louis before Pujols, years and years of it. For me it was Mark McGwire and the home run race, the bleachers at old Busch Stadium and a reverence for all things Jack Buck and Stan Musial. It was the questionable obsession I developed as barely more than a toddler for Pedro Guerrero, a man whose lawyer later claimed had an IQ so low it prevented him from recognizing a drug deal. And by the time my ability to recognize talent matured to a more discerning level, there was Albert Pujols.And then there wasn't, for the first time officially on...
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