Yahoo: Albert Pujols Deserves Respect
I am well aware that the headline to this article puts me in the minority and will cause me to face the ire of Cardinal Nation, but I cannot help it.
I wrote over at Yahoo! tonight about the facts behind my standpoint that Albert Pujols deserves respect from Cardinal fans.
He gave the St. Louis Cardinals, their fans, and myself 11 years of amazing baseball memories. Meanwhile, he made one bad choice – to leave the team.
I don’t feel the choice outweighs the memories.
There was a commercial that aired a few years back that pointed out that the generation of fans before myself got to watch Bob Gibson pitch, Lou Brock run, and Ozzie Smith field. My generation? We got to watch Pujols do…everything.
That’s the player he was. Dominant, game changing, something never seen before, and the guy that you knew could do something you never thought possible on any given day.
Fans will react in many different ways when the see Albert on their screens this week wearing a uniform other than a Cardinals one in a game the Cardinals are a part of. Some will shrug it off. Some will be full of hatred and spit whatever vile phrases that come to mind.
I’ll choose to take a page from Jack Buck.
Pardon me while I stand and applaud.
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