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Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 7:16 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Albert Pujols says it's not fair.

I'm saying he still doesn't get it.

Not the way Michael Young does. Not the way Derek Jeter does.

Not the way Hideki Matsui does.

"I'm not trying to help the media," Matsui tells the huge contingent of Japanese reporters who he talks to before and after every game. "I'm helping the fans."

He's helping you understand what happened in the game you just watched, just as Pujols did Friday, when he finally gave the answers he should have given Thursday night.

Yes, he said, he should have caught center fielder Jon Jay's throw in the ninth inning of Game 2. Yes, he said, it was right that he was charged with an error on the play.

"It hit my glove," he said. "As soon as I saw [Ian] Kinsler take a big turn at third base, I thought I had a chance at him. I took my eyes off the ball, and I missed it. It was a good throw. I maybe make that catch 99 times out of 100."

And that's the best -- and most accurate part -- of what Pujols said Friday.

The worst part was when he claimed that he had no idea any reporters had wanted to talk to him. The worst part was when he said his only responsibilities were "with God and my family" . . . and not, apparently, with his team.

"C'mon guys, I don't think it's fair," he complained. "To rip someone's reputation for something like that, it's not fair."

To twist the truth, as Pujols did Friday, that's what is not fair.

Pujols claimed he was in lunch room after Game 2, claimed that the only reason he didn't talk to reporters was that no one told him that anyone wanted to talk to him.

I wasn't in the Cardinals clubhouse Thursday night. I didn't need to or care to talk to Albert Pujols. But I've been in the Cardinals clubhouse many times this postseason. When Pujols wants to talk, as he has on most nights, he is waiting at his locker when reporters are allowed in the clubhouse, or shortly thereafter.

He knows the deal. He knew that the ninth-inning throw that he didn't catch was a huge play in the game, which the Cardinals lost 2-1 to the Rangers.

He chose not to be there.

You can say that's his choice, and that you don't care. That's basically the Cardinals' position.

"I don't feel he did anything in the wrong," general manager John Mozeliak said.

Technically, maybe he didn't. I think he did, but if you want to say he didn't, fine.

But the reality is that there's a separate responsibility for a team's most prominent player. Young, the face of the Rangers team, understands that and is at his locker after every game.

Jeter does the same with the Yankees. Lance Berkman did the same when he played for the Astros. Heck, when I filled in covering the Detroit Pistons years ago, first Joe Dumars and then Grant Hill did it.

"For one thing, I think you guys would follow me home," Young joked Friday, when I asked him about it. "But it's just a matter of trying to be respectful."

It's being respectful to reporters, and it's being respectful to fans. It's also about being respectful to teammates.

Every question that Young or Jeter or Pujols answers is one that doesn't get thrown at his teammates. Not every player believes this is a big issue, but some of them sure do.

It's enough of an issue that when Rafael Soriano ducked out of the Yankees clubhouse after a bad game in April, Yankees president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman were on the phone next day with Scott Boras, Soriano's agent.

"He's new to this market, so, like everything else, you live and you learn," Cashman told the New York Times.

Pujols isn't in that market, and maybe it's best if he never thinks about going there. Maybe it's best that he stays in St. Louis, which is a fine but also very forgiving baseball town.

Maybe it's best that he stays with the Cardinals, a team that has never been willing to confront him about anything.

Mozeliak said he did speak with one Cardinals player Friday. He talked to Berkman, clarifying a point about whether Pujols could have been requested to go to the interview room. Berkman had gotten it wrong when he phoned a national radio show Friday morning to try to defend Pujols.

But Berkman is one who almost always gets it right. He's one who gets it.

He was the most prominent player when he was an Astro, and he accepted the responsibilities that come with it.

"That's part of being that guy," Berkman said Friday. "Different players embrace that to different levels."

Some get it, some don't.

Thursday, when he didn't talk, Albert Pujols showed he doesn't get it.

Friday, when he did talk, Pujols showed it again.


Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:34 pm

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

Aside from those of you bickering with each other, I totally agree with the comments on this board!!!  Good read!

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:07 pm


GEE, After reading this uncalled-for-exaggerated-rubbish, I just can't figure out why Pujols wouldn't want to talk such respectable and decent people... the Media seems so worthy of an athlete's attention.

I've seen enough in my day to think I've got your job figured out... Are these the prerequisites for being a reporter?

- Willingness to whine, complain, and slander at any cost

- Demonstrate an inability to perform actions of those criticized

- Exagerrate, Exagerrate, Exagerrate

- Focus on negative aspects and then blow them out of proportion

- Stir up trouble WHERE THERE IS NONE

Danny Knobler, what makes you think you're someone that ANYONE would want to talk to?

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 4:14 am

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

Pujos ain't going anywhere. He will be a card for life. Tonight just made tha crystal clear. STL will pay him.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:02 am

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

He gets payed to play baseball, at no point do I see anything that says he has to answer questions to the media. He doesn't have to if he doesn't want to. I know after a bad game I wanna get away and not talk. He waited around for 20 minutes. Is he supposed to sit there and wait until the reporters are ready to talk to him? If he has to talk to all the media why doesn't the media have to talk to everyone? It's a double standard. If they wanted answers from Pujols and expect him to give it, shouldn't the guys who don't get asked questions after the game but have answers they want to give get mad that they aren't getting asked? The media has the easiest freakin life. They get paid to talk shit about people who they have no business talking shit about. Pujols is there every other time and now he doesn't get it? To tell me that a man doesn't get it because he is expected to talk to a bunch of people who will just write about how he cost his team the game, then I don't know who gets it. He is human, treat them like it. The guy never screws up off the field and the media is just looking for a reason to get dirt on him. It's sad that this is what the sports world has come too.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:29 am

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

I don't care if he EVER talks to the media again after tonight!  WOW!!!  Mr. October of the 21st Century!  Go Pujols!  Go Cardinals!

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 5:55 pm

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

Wow, talk about a reporter with some serious Cardinal envy.

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:47 pm

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

Pujols is a great player. No denying. But he should have handled his business the right way. The problem I have is that after he had time to think and cool off, he still didn't own it. C'mon dude. You gotta get out there and answer your 5 or 6 questions. Then it would have been a non-story.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:56 pm

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

mccards he is a pouting baby. Sure he does charity work, but so do most athletes . I saw plenty times this year where he jogged on ground balls. And he needs to step up and be a man and answer the questions. This is why your reputation is a 0. Because you are just stupid and cant blame anything on the big baby Pujols. Well maybe you can watch his arse hit the door when he leaves st louis this winter. Dont confuse charity foundations with what he does on the field. His skills are diminishing and you can see it. I hope Texas just slams them so we can watch Pujols head home and start crying for his 30 million a year. And you are a pussy. And I wish you were here so I could tell that to your face. YOUR REPUTATION 0 !!! SAYS IT ALL !!

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:09 pm

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

Hey randoku.  You're the troll.  I was at game one and the only reason Albert didn't run out that ground ball was because the umpire said Beltre caught the line drive in the air.  Watch the replay and check your facts before you post more unintelligent comments.  Why don't you watch the 60 Minutes documentary about Pujols and the work he does in the community and then see if you think he is still a jerk.  Here's the link

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:05 pm

Fair or not, Albert just doesn't get it

Did anyone notice the inconsistency here? On one hand, the writer rips Pujols for not showing up. Pujols answers the questions the next day, but that is not good enough. Berkman does THE SAME EXACT THING and is praised as a guy who "gets it' (whatever "it" is?). Not to mention the love fest for Michael Young. This is the same Young that wanted a trade when the Rangers signed Beltre because he was unwilling to switch positions at first. This is the same Derek Jeter that held the Yankees hostage and forced them to either over pay him or he was leaving. Yet, somehow, these guys are great teammates and love their fans,while Pujols does not? Give me a break! This is yet another clear case of the media being full of themselves. Pujols "owes them" an interview. if they do not get that interview, then the media seeks revenge by trashing him through an article. Get over yourself, you are not as important as you think.

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