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Albert Pujols didn’t speak with reporters after Game 2 loss

Oct 21, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

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Albert Pujols wasn’t present to answer questions from the media following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series. Neither were some other prominent veterans on the team, including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman.

There’s plenty of blame to go around with this snubbing, but naturally the focus from the media this morning is all about Pujols’ early exit from the clubhouse.

Here’s Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com:

It’s unclear how St. Louis will respond after fumbling away a grand chance to take command of this series. Pujols didn’t stick around to address the media after the game, after his botched cutoff of Jon Jay‘s throw from center allowed the winning run to advance into scoring position. The lack of accountability was inexcusable from a man who is frequently described as a good teammate — and will soon want to be paid like the greatest player in the game.

In almost every case, answering questions from the media has little to do with whether a team wins or loses its next game. But this was one occasion when Pujols, as a team spokesman, should have accepted the blame for his defensive blunder and reassured those inside and outside the clubhouse that the Cardinals were going to be fine. (There is no doubt Texas leader Michael Young would have done so if the Rangers had lost.)

And Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:

Part of stardom – perhaps the hardest part – is accountability. Pujols is not accountable to the media. This is not about that. Nor is it about his accountability to fans that may or may not want to know how he spit the bit in a crucial game. Pujols, more than anything, must be accountable to his teammates, those he ostensibly leads. He needs to stand up after losses so Jason Motte and Jon Jay and and Allen Craig and David Freese don’t have to.

Listen, was this a weak showing by the Cardinals’ veterans? Absolutely. It would have been nice for each of them to stick around and say a few words so that someone like Jason Motte isn’t forced to stand there for 30 minutes. In another city like Boston or New York, that just wouldn’t fly. The atmosphere in St. Louis has routinely coddled Pujols over the years, which is one reason why I’m skeptical he would ever seriously consider leaving via free agency if he receives comparable offers this winter. But this whole leadership thing is bit of a stretch. Makes for a great storyline in a series like this, but we won’t be saying a word of it if he goes 4-for-4 with two homers on Saturday night.

I don’t want to just gloss over the Cardinals’ actions, because in a perfect world they should be present, but the media needs to understand that this is something they care about more than the fans do.

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  1. pandebailey - Oct 21, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Everyone is saying Pujols fouled up the cut-off. Sorry, I watched that play twice and checked Pujols’ position – I played center field in college and unless the game has changed, Pujols’ job was to get on a line between Jay and the plate – he was there for the throw, he wasn’t late or out of position – check the play yourself. He was there.

    Jay’s job is to throw on line to the plate and right at Pujols’ head so the ball can reach the catcher or can be easily cut off. His throw was terrible – way to the 3rd base side and a shin high dribbler. I have NEVER seen an infielder get an error on a throw that bad – play should have been scored E-8 for the bad throw. So Pujols is given an error for not diving at an errant throw? I’m guessing that’s why he didn’t show up for the media zoo after the game – did the media member who was official scorer show up in the clubhouse? I bet not – he probably was afraid for his life, with good reason!

    Want to blame somebody for the loss, I’d blame Jay in centerfield – he gave up and short-hopped a single that could have been caught then made the bad throw that was blamed on Puljos. Centerfielders are paid to make those plays.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Oct 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    After watching some of the post mortem today, it seems as though AP was available up to 40 minutes after the game but never summoned by the Cardinals media relations people to the interview room.

    Albert was plenty available today and took on all questions – and now he’s pissed.

    Albert plays very well pissed, thank you very much.

  3. wgward - Oct 22, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Albert Pujols is acting like a Republican politicians, who always cancel when the prospect of accountability and hardball questions are at stake.

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