People with Down syndrome who live in Kansas City, Nashville, Tenn., and Southern California could soon be dancing with Albert Pujols, whose charity announced plans Monday to expand beyond its St. Louis base.
Albert Pujols’ brown eyes suddenly warm from the slugger’s low simmer to a child’s flicker on this spring morning in the Angels’ clubhouse.
At Albert’s introductory press conference, Angels owner Arte Moreno immediately thanked “our partners at Fox.” The partners wanted Pujols, because it is all about entertainment in Los Angeles. And Moreno knows that when the Dodgers get their new ownership, the war for the second biggest market will be intense and costly.
“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.