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Albert Pujols spotted taunting fans in Cincy after home run

Jul 17, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

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Few would disagree that the Cardinals and Reds have the most active rivalry in Major League Baseball. Yanks-Sawx is classic, Giants-Dodgers is still plenty heated, and Cards-Cubs tends to draw to great interest, but the Redlegs and Redbirds genuinely seem to dislike each other. And that same sentiment is shared by the competing fanbases.

Two games into this weekend’s three-game set at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, the tension is as potent as ever. On Friday night, the Reds won in walkoff fashion thanks to a Brandon Phillips ninth-inning blast. But the back-and-forth game looked to be in the Cardinals’ hands just an inning earlier, when resurgent slugger Albert Pujols ripped an Aroldis Chapman pitch high into the left field seats to give St. Louis a 5-4 eighth-inning lead.

Pujols is booed heavily by Reds fans when he steps to the plate in Cincinnati, as is teammate Yadier Molina.

Here is Albert’s post-homer reaction to those boos, via a screen-grab by Reds fan Joe Lankford:


Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter operated well in damage control over eight innings on Saturday and Pujols homered again to give St. Louis a 4-1 victory. The series finale gets underway at 1:15 PM ET.

  1. wardmanone - Jul 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Really, that is pretty mild from what we see typically.

  2. spudchukar - Jul 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Not to go unreported was Brandon Phillips, backward toss of a little infield dirt on Jon Jay after his take out slide. In the interest of full disclosure.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Car bombs are next.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      mmm Irish Car Bombs. Wait it’s 5 o’clock right?

      • bigharold - Jul 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.

      • Old Gator - Jul 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM

        Doesn’t “car bomb” have great cachet as the name of a cocktail? Cary Grant: “Line ’em up bartender. Car bombs. A whole string of ’em.”

  4. kappy32 - Jul 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    I’m not a fan of either team, and to be completely honest, Pujols’ arrogance annoys me beyond belief. With that being said, if there is one player in baseball who can taunt fans & not get grief from it, it is Albert. The guy is certainly no Rex Ryan in that all he does is talk & taunt. Pujols backs up everything he says & reinforces it with 450-plus foot homeruns in key, pressure situations. The guy is the definition of professional sports dominance. Remember that “slump” he had & how people were wondering if he was mentally tough enough to be an elite player on a big team, the face of baseball? Yeah, well, he’s got 20 HRs & 55 RBI, almost hitting .300 now & that includes the slump & broken forearm. Just absolutely amazing. One day we will be able to tell our descendants that we were able to see Pujols play just as our grandfathers & uncles told us about seeing Duke Snyder, Mickey Mantle, Joe D, Willie Mayes, Koufax, Seaver, etc.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 17, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Good post, but what “arrogance” are you referring to? The aforementioned taunting?

      Pujols seems pretty humble considering his achievements.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      The guy is certainly no Rex Ryan in that all he does is talk & taunt

      Rex Ryan has gone to back to back AFC Championships and was within a 3rd down pass of going to the Superbowl last year. WTF are you talking about?

      • shaggytoodle - Jul 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        He also says his team would beat any team in the superbowl each year he has coached.
        Maybe he should save those kind of quotes til he actually gets there. So he doesn’t appear to be foolish to everyone, but you.

    • bpomeroy6923 - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      pujols is the least arrogant player i have seen in years…..and even IF he were arrogant he can back it up with his talent….and you are right he wil be among the greatest baseball players ever before it is all over and done with…and not many reds players if any you can say that about…

  5. Travis Reitsma - Jul 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    I love it. I’m not a fan of either team and in fact, if you HAD to put me in a camp, it’d be with the Reds, but I think this stuff is awesome. It gets the fans going, it gives them something to talk about and it’s all in good fun and hilarity. Brandon Phillips routinely blows kisses at Cards’ fans too. I think it’s good for the game and for the fans. After all, isn’t it exactly what baseball wants? Fans getting so into that game that they show tons of emotion, whether happy, spiteful, sad, whatever. It shows people love the game and it shows that the players react and listen to the fans. Nothing wrong with it at all.

    • paperlions - Jul 17, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      I thin Cardinal fans have grown to really enjoy booing Phillips. It is all in good fun. if he makes an out, they cheer loudly; if he gets a hit, the grumble loudly. No matter what he does, he ABs are fun for the fans….and that is mostly because Phillips has fun with it. In general, fans respect players that can engage in that kind of fun give and take.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2011 at 1:25 PM


      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM


      • cleverbob - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

        There is no booing in baseball heaven. They’re all saying “Boo-urns”.

  6. 1historian - Jul 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Good for him.

  7. addictedzone - Jul 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I guess people see what they want to see. If I was showed that picture and asked what Albert was doing, I’d say he was wiping sweat away from his eye.

    • tacklemeelmo - Jul 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      Pujols doesn’t sweat.. He glistens.

  8. crookedstick - Jul 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    It’s only a story because LaRussa, Duncan, and the rest of the Cardinal organization come unglued if they perceive even the slightest hint of disrespect from their opponent. A classic case of “do as we say, not as we do.”

    • spudchukar - Jul 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      Whine, Whine, Whine, do your stuff!

  9. cintiphil - Jul 17, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Sorry Drew, I watched both games on T-V for the entire length. I saw Albert hit the H-R’s and didn’t see any taunting signs from him except the long stance at the plate when he knew the ball was gone. Many players do that, Fielder, Bruce, Gomes etc.. You have to be looking long and hard to see any sign of taunting the fans. He didn’t taunt me, and I got a very close up look on the T-V. Stop making up the foolish stories just to get people all riled up. We still have today to go up on them.

  10. aceshigh11 - Jul 17, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Uh, isn’t he just doing a “Shh, be quiet” gesture?

    That’s about as mild a form of taunting as it gets, particularly when there must have been a near-deafening cacophony of boos raining down on him.

  11. normb11 - Jul 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    THAT’s taunting?

  12. cptnew1 - Jul 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    As a Cards fan, I don’t hate the Reds or any of their players. This has become a fun rivalry to watch all the way around now that it’s settled into well played, good baseball without the brawl like we had last year. Although Jason LaRue might disagree with me. (Had to get that in, so maybe a little dig at the Reds there.)

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