What could be wrong with Pujols? We now have something of an idea of what has been wrong with Teixiera: inflamed airways which have created a terrible bronchial infection that even prednisone hasn’t been able to knock it out (snd believe me, I had that same #### several years ago and prednisone saved my life).
Both Pujols and Teixiera are 32, and battling miserable slumps; has anybody checked Pujols for some kind of illness? I haven’t heard even a rumor of this, but then we didn’t know anything was wrong with Teixiera until two days ago. Pujols is certainly not the kind of guy to talk about illnesses, as that might be taken as a kind of excuse.
Meanwhile, I’d like to point out that Teixiera, though not in Pujols’ class, was flirting with Hall of Fame credentials before the season began. Think about it: in 9 seasons, he’d he hit 30 or more home runs, and in 8 seasons had at least 100 RBIs. And the season when he didn’t hit at least 30 home runs, his first, he hit 26.
As of today he has 319 career home runs; if he finished the season with, say, 350, wouldn’t you say he had a pretty good shot at piling up HOF-type numbers before he was through?