In a town where the arch resides, one of the world’s greatest monuments that overlooks the city, and where the Mississippi River flows along St. Louis, there’s also baseball’s unquestionable hitter who hails before the enthusiastic Redbird fans -- where average fans contain Pujols Craziness.
As baseball entered the All-Star break, conversations converged in the moment when presumptions are that Albert Pujols is the purist hitter in baseball. From what it seems, Pujols' gifted and artistic swings illustrate his patience, alertness, will and focus at the plate to deposit home runs into the stands.
Much of Pujols' slugfests and smash ball hitting has drawn our attention and awed us, putting steroid debacles behind us as he showcase ways to legitimately hit without any substances. As people, we want to believe Pujols is pure, and isn’t a suspect of fraud.
As people, we would be very disappointed, hurt, cheated and betrayed if his name ever surface that he used performance-enhancers. I wouldn’t be surprised since we are witnessing a contaminated Steroid Era, and stubborn commissioner, Bud Selig, who hasn't done much to remove toxic waste from poisoning the game's image.
But I believe in Pujols, and have the surest notion he’s the purist hitter in the game today.
He could even heal bitterness and anguish, for those who have disassociated themselves from the deceitful game.
Pujols is the player everyone envisions as a positive role model, a purist and slugger who seems honest in reviving the sport and removing memories of steroid busts and juicers from staining America’s pastime.
In an era where steroids have cast disgraceful cognizance, we vow that Pujols is innocenct of any substances and we hope profoundly he is baseball’s only alternative to disencumber the ruination affecting the tattered sport.
Even though it’s naïve and unknown to assume that anyone in this age is clean, Pujols has done well by avoiding steroid conversations and has never been beckoned as a person of interest. He has never broadcasted himself as a person of guilt or fault, and his name has never been mentioned as a suspect of shameless crimes.
So, are there enough facts to assume he has never injected and pumped himself with juice? Yes, I trust Pujols more than any other player amid our tainted era.
This year has been a year of steroid busts, the year an anonymous list unveiled, which comprise of 104 players. Only two players from the list have been uncovered, while everyone else’s name still remains occulted. By summarizing the past, some of the biggest scandals developed shamefully.
Alex Rodriguez was a target of fraud, when he was linked to the list of 104 players for using performance-enhancing drugs. A year ago, Roger Clemens surfaced as a criminal, when the George Mitchell Report comprised of his name as one of the players who used substances to improve his level of legitimacy. And as the entire world knows, Barry Bonds lied about his delusive juicing addiction and Mark McGuire, who refused to talk about the past, vanished from the game and was humiliated by the catastrophe.
But Pujols hasn't experienced no dismay and embarrassment. He’s devoted to the game, and focuses on hitting the ball powerfully to produce slugfests. He isn’t a cocky slugger, and embraces others whose natural talent or even fraudulent talent had an imprint on the game. Greater than Pujols' demeanor is his ability to still preserve power since drug testing began several years ago. Those are hints of a purist, as many players' slugging percentages and batting averages have toppled.
For now, there’s nothing suspicious about Pujols, having an astonishing year and producing enough runs to keep the Cardinals floating atop the division. With the Chicago Cubs' faulty curses and long-suffering struggles, logic has it the Cards are favorites as long as Pujols continues with his fascinating homers and RBI productivity.
The dramatic power and constant home run dominance regularly has heated up Triple Crown discussions. And if there’s anyone close to breaking an impossible milestone, it would be Pujols. At the all-star break, he has a staggering 32 homers and 87 runs driven in with a .332 batting average -- results that qualifies as potentially the next Triple Crown winner and the first since Carl Yastrzemski won the Crown in 1967.
Pujols is the right candidate, and the most talented hitter naturally. It is rare to find a hitter as perfect as Pujols, and a singular slugger who can accumulate at least 30 homers by the start of the second-half of the regular-season. Currently, he’s on pace to hit at least 60 home runs this season.
It's enough to inspire us, and finally say "WOW!" As it seems, we are finally witnessing the best player of our time.
He is King Arthur, a Machine no one can replicate. And he gives baseball a feeling of elation.
In Pujols, we trust.