At any moment…I expect Bob Fishel to step in and say Pujols isn’t retiring.
A track record as one of the best hitters in baseball history is a nice thing to fall back on when you’re off to a 5-for-23 start.
“Not to be cocky but I know I can hit,” the Angels’ new slugger said before going 1 for 5 in the Angels’ loss to the Twins on Thursday. “I showed it in the spring. ... It’s not going to go away like that (snaps fingers), from one day to the next.”
Pujols showed more concern for the 2-3 record the Angels took into Thursday’s game than his own .217 average.
“It’s a slow start for the team. This is not about me,” he said. “We could be 4-1. You look at our lineup, nobody’s started hitting yet. It’s a long season. You have a tendency as a player to press to try to get off to a good start.
“I think I can recall in ‘03 when I won the batting title, I think I had a really bad start that year.”
...Those pitchers are certainly taking a familiar approach to pitching Pujols, trying to jam him with hard stuff inside at times and getting those ground balls to the left side.
“It’s always been that way,” Pujols said. “Just make sure you don’t miss in there (or else) it’s going to be a home run.
“They’ve got their scouting reports. I’ve got mine.”
Posted: April 13, 2012 at 05:49 AM | 97 comment(s)
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