“I just fell over: ‘Are you serious, stop joking!’ ” Hunter said. “I ran through the little workout facility screaming, ‘We got Pujols!’ ”
Baseball is a game of endless numbers and statistics, but here’s a line you’ve probably never seen before: From May 2005 through last May, Albert Pujols hit .527 (39 for 74) in 22 games, with 12 homers and 25 runs batted in, following events in which he interacted with people with Down syndrome.
Is Albert Pujols the best baseball player ever? Consider his stats over his first 10 years: he never hit less than .300, never had less than 30 homeruns, and never had fewer than 100 RBIs.
By the time you read this the World Series may be decided and you and I will be turning another page in our “relationship.”
It would not have been unreasonable to think Albert Pujols had nothing left to accomplish in baseball. It just would have been wrong.
When the scoreboard stopped flashing, when the smoke cleared, when the Texas Rangers’ pitchers wobbled into the clubhouse to receive stitches, Albert Pujols finally dropped his bat.
While Albert Pujols took the field tonight, kids with down syndrome took to the dance floor in Chesterfield. It was the Pujols Family Foundation’s annual prom.
Albert Pujols has been having an utterly ridiculous NLCS. In fact, it’s been the most ridiculous NLCS in the history of the NLCS, as he’s sporting the highest all-time OPS in that round of the playoffs at 1.965. Even his slugging percentage reads like an OPS, at 1.273.
As an entire city fretted over his slow start, Albert Pujols remained calm. So did his teammates and his manager. The people in the Cardinals’ clubhouse never doubted that Pujols would look like himself again, and soon.