Pujols hits No. 698, and the lies Cardinals fans tell themselves

No, the lie I’m referring to is just not the one Max Kellerman spouted to win a pretend debate on ESPN. I’m speaking concerning the one St. Louis supporters wholeheartedly consider: If Pujols doesn’t go away the shadow of the Arch, the second half of his profession performs out higher.

If he wasn’t toiling away in LA as an attraction akin to Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, he would’ve been a cornerstone in a lineup and possibly might’ve pushed introduced one or two extra titles to the Red Birds. I do know I assumed that throughout the 2013 World Series, and I nonetheless form of maintain it towards him.

Much to my shock, I’m enamored with the present Albert is placing on for the fan base that adores and instinctively defends him. It’s virtually validation that if he had caught round and accepted much less cash, his numbers may not have fallen off as a lot, his significance to the sport wouldn’t have waned, and he would’ve reached larger milestones, and received extra championships.

That was by no means going to be the case, and I’m glad I didn’t have to observe his bat decelerate or the accidents pile up. The Angels didn’t save Cards fanatics from watching Pujols deteriorate as a lot as they preserved the MVP participant that St. Louis remembers him as.

Heading into this yr, I used to be as nervous as anybody on the prospect of watching a severely washed Pujols tarnish the model of him that was my favourite participant.

What he’s doing is surreal, and these aren’t ho-hum dwelling runs that come when the sport is out of attain. I do know you simply need to see the spotlight, and it’s coming, however I’m going to set it up actual fast. Down two to the Reds within the backside of the sixth with one on and one out, Pujols squared up the primary pitch he noticed, and, effectively, you realize what occurred.

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St. Louis went on to win, 6-5. Yup, that’s the Albert I do know and love. 

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