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Wait: is Albert Pujols a big jerk or something? Since when?

Sep 8, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

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I’ve had an interesting conversation with some Brewers fans on Twitter in the past few minutes.  It started when a guy named @brewfangrb called me and a couple others out for being critical of Nyjer Morgan in the wake of last night’s dustup with the Cardinals. The point wasn’t to defend Morgan — the guy and many others who later took up his argument were clear that Morgan wasn’t being a model citizen last night — but to ask why no one ever criticizes Albert Pujols.

So I asked: what’s on Pujols’ rap sheet? Because I can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone talk about him in the way people talk about Nyjer Morgan. And it’s that equivalency that is important because it was the unequal treatment that set my critics off.

In response to my question I got (a) a link to an incident in 2006 when he said that Tom Glavine “wasn’t very good” even though he beat the Cardinals; and (b) I got many references to the fact that Pujols hot dogs his home runs (which he certainly does).  But beyond that ….?  Really, how is Albert Pujols a jerk worthy of equal condemnation to Nyjer Morgan, who has been a serial jackass throughout his major league career? And has less than a scintilla of a percentage of Pujols’ baseball accomplishments under his belt?  And yes that matters. If you can back your stuff up you should be afforded a little more latitude. That’s how cockiness and its attendant behavior works.

So sure, Pujols probably didn’t need to run across the field last night, as it did likely escalate things. But let’s keep in mind the entirety of the situation. Nyjer Morgan has a track record of charging the mound. He was clearly trying to provoke something last night.  If there is a situation where the biggest guy on the field can feel justified about getting between his pitcher and trouble that’s it.

But Pujols-as-jackass? Sorry, folks. Unless you can cite some examples apart from “he beats the crap out of my team all the time and I hate him for it,” I’m not buying.

UPDATE: I was just tweeted this link by its author. It’s a couple of years old, but it adds to the conversation I suppose. Pujols smirks on occasion, in a manner that allows a Brewers fan to fill the smirk with meaning. OK.

UPDATE: Another data point: Pujols once complained that he was snubbed for the MVP and that the MVP should come from a playoff team. The fact that the MVP went to Ryan Howard that year is enough — if I say any more about it — to set off the biggest comment sh**storm this blog has ever seen, so I’ll leave it alone.

  1. addictedzone - Sep 9, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Nyjer really doesn’t want to mess with Albert. It would be a lot worse than he got from Gabby

  2. bcopus - Sep 9, 2011 at 8:01 AM


    Citing a list of things nobody ever said and then calling out people for having an opinion different than yours is going to get you nowhere. And you must realize a more honest list wouldn’t have worked. For example: he must also be racist, fake religion to steal money from poor uneducated people, and make inane and horridly inaccurate statements about anyone he perceives to be a threat to his own agenda. What a guy!

    See how that one sounds? Pujols hasn’t been directly tied to any of those three, nor any of your ridiculous strawman suggestions.

    We’re here to have a debate about a topic, not have false labels put on us and then be called names or put down for how we feel. Please take some time and learn how to argue your point without falling back on false statements about people and their points.

  3. dsmaxsucks - Sep 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Craig can’t read all his tweets, and certainly can’t look at the links people send. But if he weren’t so far up Alberta’s… (just kidding, I’m not from Philly) he’d know about Pujol’s being an asshole to a Brewer’s fan less than a month ago. (Pretended he was going to give (The kid with cancer) a ball and then pulled it back). And Brewers fans hate the Cards, and thus Pujols, so forgive the overexuberance (mine not his), and lets not forget that Chris Carpenter is a bigger jerk than Pujols, but if you google “Pujols is a jerk” you see the case is a little more obvious than Craig let’s on.

    Plus, why is Pearlman a hatchet job, when it makes the case quite well. Or because it makes the case quite well?

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      DS: You need to do your homework. He didn’t pretend he was going to give a kid with cancer and ball then pull it back. He started to give the ball to a 50+ year old Man but realized there that catch made it TWO outs and NOT three. Therefore, he could NOT give the ball up as it is still in play becuase again…there were only TWO outs. Not to mention this same 50+ year old man had been heckling AP and the Cardinals from these same seats at EVERY game this year. Further, the Man was so beligerent at one point during a previous game that he was removed from the stadium. DO YOUR HOMEWORK…cause’ false accusations and/or blatant lies are better left for the Jerry Springer show.

  4. dsmaxsucks - Sep 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Apparently you need video evidence. Here’s Albert being a jerk to a nice old man.

    • cur68 - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      2 outs. There were 2 outs. Ball’s still live. Baseball 101.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        I just saw your post. Thanks for assisting with things. I told the guy to do his homework. Contrary to what some believe…ignorance is NOT bliss.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      Again…this “nice old man” was the same “nice old man” who heckled AP and the Cardinals at each game in Milwaukee this year from these same seats. Further, this “nice old man” was so beligerent at one game they physically removed him from the stadium. This is such a “nice old man” the Brewers fans around him are laughing when this happens. Wonder why that is? Could it be a case of them thinking “he got what he deserves.” Regardless, it wasn’t a kid with cancer AND again…AP’s catch was the SECOND OUT. You don’t/can’t throw a ball in the stands unless there are THREE OUTS. Do your homework.

  5. cutesports - Sep 9, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    So now that Carpenter has admitted that he started it and told Morgan to F*&# Off after he struck him out, do all these Morgan-blaming comments change their tune? Or is it still a matter of Nyjer-being Nyjer?

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