As I continue to follow Albert Pujols’ career in amazement, I can’t
help but wonder if and when the day might come when King Albert is
knocked from his thrown as the game’s best player amid steroid
allegations. In today’s era of MLB where outstanding performances tend
to go hand and hand with PED use, are we expected to believe that
Pujols was almost literally the only one who steered clear of the
juice? Not sure of the answer to that one but I sure hope so.
With today’s MLB stars falling from grace quicker than the records
they’ve fraudulently destroyed, somehow, almost miraculously, Pujols
has remained absent from any of the damning lists that have tainted the
careers of so many before him. And unlike when Barry Bonds was
assaulting the record books in 2002, there’s no outcry of foul play,
just applause and admiration. Not sure how Pujols got on the
“untouchable” list but I’m sure glad he did and I hope he stays on it forever.
Pujols is currently 1st in the NL in HRs (36), Runs (85), OBP
(.443), OPS (1.125), slugging (.682) and RBIs with 97. He’s already wrapped up the MVP award and is now batting .321 after breaking out of a two-week “slump.” After last
night’s heroics against the Mets, Pujols is now 7-for-9 with 5 grand
slams and 27 RBIs this season which is the true definition of clutch.
How long will it be before opposing pitchers start intentionally
walking Pujols when he bats with the bases loaded. Not sure, but I hope it’s a long time because Pujols is one of the only players I can ever remember that has ever made me feel privileged to watch him play.
Deep down do I believe Pujols never touched steroids and his impressive skills are part god-given ability and hard work? I must admit I have my doubts. But until there is some proof to the contrary, I’m going to continue to watch in awe as the best right-handed hitter of all time continues to amaze. Not bad for a 13th-round pick, that’s for sure.