October 6, 2011 – It was the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Yankee stadium scoreboard read 3-2. With two out already posted, the fate of the season lied in the bat of baseball’s richest, three-time MVP New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez.
That was the second time A-rod struck out in key spots that Thursday night, as well as the second season he would shoulder the majority of the blame for the Yankees early October exit.
If I were A-rod, I would have tried to run out the side door and avoid the counterattack that was about to in the Yankees clubhouse. Instead A-rod faced the media head-on and made no excuses:
He went on to say:
Now, fast-forward to the top of the ninth in Game 2 of the 2011 World Series.
With no outs, the Cardinals were trying to hold a one-run lead, until Texas Rangers Elvis Andrus hit a line drive into center-field.
The single moved teammate Ian Kinsler from second to third-base, and just as Andrus was about to comfortable on first base, the unthinkable happened.
Cardinals fist baseman, Albert Pujols missed a textbook cut-off throw from the centerfield, and Andrus took off to second base, now leaving the Rangers with two runners in scoring position.
That proved to be all that Texas needed, as both runners scored off two sac-flies, and the Rangers won the game 2-1 but also tied
the series at a game apiece.
Following the game, the St. Louis media migrated into their beloved Cardinals clubhouse looking for some answers from the man himself, but Pujols was nowhere in sight. So, as St. Louis fans waited to hear what the greatest player in baseball had to say about his error, the only response they got was that Pujols was a no-show.
The following morning, Matthew Leach on MLB.com reported that Pujols had this to say about the post-game ditch:
“What do you want me to wait, 40 minutes for you guys?” Pujols asked. “I was there in the clubhouse getting something to eat. What about the night before when I spoke for an hour and a half? That’s not fair. I think with you guys, [we] have to walk on eggshells. I don’t think that’s fair. I was there. Usually Brian comes around and says, ‘Hey, they need you over there.’ Nobody approached him until 40 minutes [after the game]. You know what? Forty minutes, I was on the way home.”
Look, I don’t blame Pujols for not wanting to deal with anybody after losing a World Series game in the ninth for being sloppy.
The media insanity that swarms super-stars like Pujols on a daily basis must get to players, who deserve to blow
off some steam before being asked the same question 20 different ways.
The media did give Pujols some grief for bailing, but not enough where it bothered him to speak his mind or for any repercussions to ensue.
Now, try to conceive the backlash that would occur if Alex Rodriguez pulled a stunt like that after Game 5?
A-rod would have gone to jail or been stoned, but all jokes aside it would have been ugly.
All I am saying is that it would have been a freaking disaster if A-rod had pulled a Houdini, and just imagine if he gave Pujols speech as an excuse. The Big Apple might have its first legitimate earthquake.
Are you catching my drift here? It is time for everyone to back-off A-rod a little. (Please look at NY Post picture to your left.)
Oh and FYI…… by the way, as far as I am concerned Albert Pujols was not out of line with what he did or said, he is a human being who is allowed to be passionate every once in a while.
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- Keeping Pujols will be tough for Cardinals (nypost.com)
- Rangers vs. Cardinals: What to Watch in the World Series for the Heartland (newsfeed.time.com)
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