And I shall continue my silly puddle-jumping, pee-pee dance over his .297 May OBP until further notice.
If anyone thought Albert Pujols was going to vaporize into thin air, they didn’t watch his career with the Cardinals. At the end of April—his first month with the Angels—Albert had zero homers and four RBIs.
He was adjusting to a new team, a new league and a new town. And it showed.
“Well, I knew it was going to take a couple of months for me to get used to all this,” Pujols said on Tuesday night after his two-run homer powered the Angels to a 5-1 victory over the Yankees. “Still, it’s a long season and I’ve got to continue to do what it takes for us to win.”
...The doubters wondered whether Pujols could make the transition to the American League from his comfort zone in the National League, whether the pressure of the big contract was too much even for his broad shoulders.
“There probably were a lot of factors that came into it,” Scioscia said. “It was not just one simple thing about why he was struggling. Obviously, coming into a new environment, seeing new hitting backgrounds. There are a lot of things that tug and pull you when you’re a high-profile guy like Albert and you cross leagues. But he’s made a quick study of it. He’ll be fine.”
Posted: May 30, 2012 at 09:14 AM | 48 comment(s)
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