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Picture of the Day: Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in their new digs

Dec 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

The Angels just held a press conference/pep rally at Angel Stadium officially introducing their new first baseman Albert Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson. It goes without saying, but seeing Pujols in a different uniform is going to take some getting used to.


  1. okwhitefalcon - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Bright siding it, at least I didn’t have to see AP in that goofy red softball jersey CJ was wearing…yet.

    • paperlions - Dec 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      He’ll be playing in the AL in the left coast….you’ll never have to see him in any uniform. I watch a lot of baseball via MLB.TV throughout the season, generally watching anything that is on until I have to go to bed, and almost never wind up watching an Angels game.

      • pisano - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        Oh you will now, (Angel games) we’ll all be flooded with Angel games, and as a Yankee fan I can’t stand the Angels. They are second to Boston to teams I loathe. Thank God for the Yes network.

      • mrfloydpink - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

        RIght. Because if there is anyone who should be complaining about the broadcasters ramming a team down their throat all season long, week in and week out, it’s Yankees fans.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:42 PM

        Believe me, the Yankees fans are just as annoyed by the national outlets co-opting Yankees games as anyone. We’d actually like to see the occasional Sunday afternoon game. And while we may pick on Michael Kay sometimes, we’d rather hear him than Buck & McCarver. We get the Yankee games anyway, so show us someone else on ESPN/Fox. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen King Felix, and I think I have watched Kershaw pitch exactly once. Let’s spread it around folks.

      • randygnyc - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM

        I agree. As a Yankee fan living in NYC, I get all 162 games on the local channels (mostly YES). I DREAD the games that are broadcast nationally. There isn’t one of those broadcasters I can stand. It forces me to turn off the tv sound and sync the radio to the tv. BOYCOTT THE NATIONAL BROADCASTERS UNTIL THEY STOP BROADCASTING YANKEE GAMES!!!! (and let the Yankees broadcasters also call the playoff games for fans choosing to opt for that.)

  2. Ari Collins - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    It’s going to be awfully strange seeing him in that uniform.

    Weirder still having my Sox facing him in intraleague play. Although, oddly enough, they won’t face Boston until late August.

  3. rgledz - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Calm down there Pisano, the freaking Yankees are constantly on Sunday night baseball, Fox game of the week, Thursday night baseball, etc. It never ends!! I could give two rips about the Yankees and the talent that they buy, yet they’re the only option for the national games week after week. I’ll gladly take some Angels games in their place.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      Seriously. I don’t even want so many Boston games on national TV. Let’s see some Brewers/Cards games! (Even if Pujols and Fielder will be gone.)

  4. shawnuel - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Right, the Red Sox aren’t far behind the Yankees in extreme over-exposure.

  5. tashkalucy - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Hey, look !

    Everything’s playing out as I said 2 months ago, and it will continue to !!!

    • tashkalucy - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      And the article was from a veteran, lifelong New York area writer.

      • tashkalucy - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

        Got 6 thumbs down so far, stating a “fact”.

        No wonder the government can steal your money and mortgage your future.

        You kids need to get away from Internet peer pressure and begin to learn to think for yourselves and be able to recognize what is happening around you.

        Or as Bob wrote almost 50 years ago and it’s more true today then ever:

        “Something’s happening, and you don’;t know what it is….
        Do you, Mr. Jones”

        (And Bob has season tickets for the Yankees).

      • JBerardi - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM

        “You kids need to get away from Internet peer pressure and begin to learn to think for yourselves…”

        …By agreeing with exactly what you say, right?

    • Ari Collins - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      Talk to me when Boston and New York both miss the playoffs, as you predicted. In the meantime, get over yourself.

      • tashkalucy - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM


        You’re wrong and will always be wrong.

        MLB has to open up the playoffs fr 4 teams to 5 to make sure the Red Sox or yankees get it.

        And what I said was – the Red Sox and Yankees have peaked and are headed downhill.

        Like the article says, the Yankess (and their $200M-plus payroll) don’t even have a legit #2 starter.

        For a guy that is an expert on baseball, how do you gloss that one over?

      • Reflex - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        “You’re wrong and wil always be wrong.”

        Fantastic response. Full of nuance and meaning. Completely supported by facts. You have established yourself as a top intellect on this board, and I, for one, look forward to seeing more such intellectual gems in these comments.

  6. stevedubs11 - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    I’m a cardinals fan and I just have to say that I’ll always be a fan of pujols. he was worth 80.9 wins while he played for us which is worth about $286 million dollars according to the WAR system. we only gave him $96 million. we underpaid him $190 million dollars and he left us a huge thank you note in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I’m a Cardinals fan, and I’m glad to see him get his money and still demonstrate integrity. Best player in the league.

    • paperlions - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      That isn’t an appropriate interpretation or translation of “dollar value” with respect to WAR. The translation from WAR to dollars is an average of what teams pay on the FA market to add “wins” to their roster…it is NOT an estimate of how much wins are worth.

      • paperlions - Dec 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        Think of it this way. A replacement level team would be expected to win roughly 37 games. If average cost of a WAR really was $5M, then the 90 win Cardinal team last year got $265M of value from it’s roster….which, of course, it didn’t, because no one expects a 90 win team to have a $265M roster.

  7. isujames - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Yall aint won sh!t,Angels fans act like they won the world series or something.Reality check,yall still aint gone win nothing in the next five years!So keep relishing that pennant from 2002 because the yankees,rangers,red sox and tigers are still a better team than the angels.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      And by “pennant” you mean, “trophy.” And by “aint won sh!t,” you mean, “can write better than an insecure third-grader.”

  8. ghostofjimlindeman - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Thanks for letting us know what a total fraud and ego maniac you are Albert, glad we didn’t just bankrupt our team for the next 10 years for a total phony like you. Also let’s be honest shall we, it was ALL about the money meng not ever about the fans who supported you and your causes for 11 years. Lie to yourself if you want about why you left but those of us in Cardinal Nation know better traitor.

  9. bcshater - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Well. I hope Albert enjoyed his World Series victory because that will be the last one he goes too. St. Louis had a great supporting cast behind him. Now he has nothing. And probably won’t have because the Angels won’t be able to afford much more. I predict that the Cardinals win the world series again before the Angels do. Actually the Angels have a better chance in 11 years.

    • Reflex - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM

      Um, the new tv contract the Angels just signed can in and of itself pay their entire payroll. With Pujols. And thats before we factor in the hundreds of millions they will make for merchandise, endorsements, ticket sales, concessions, parking, etc.

      If thats how a team hamstrings themselves financially, well, sign my team up. I’d love to see the Mariner’s do something this savvy.

      • Reflex - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        Just out of boredom I did some math.

        TV Deal: $150 million/year
        Ticket sales: $112.7 million (2011 figures, based on attendence at 39,090 and average ticket price of $36, times 82 games)
        Parking: ??? (is there a way to get this info?)
        Concessions: ??? (again, any source for this?)
        Merchandise: ??? (same..)

        Total: $262.7 million/year (incomplete)
        2012 current payroll: $114 million (roster not complete)

        They could sign four more guys for Albert’s pay and still have flexibility.

      • thefalcon123 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:32 AM


        Teams shell out money for many, many other things besides the players.
        You may wish to include some of that in your math.

      • Reflex - Dec 11, 2011 at 6:58 AM

        Of course they do. But I highly doubt they shell out hundreds of millions for things besides the players. And clearly they are making hundreds of millions. Certainly the Angels are.

  10. nuyoricanz - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    All the fans of teams with owners that have alligator arms – don’t hate the teams that spend money, it’s within the rules
    Is it a crime to want the best and pay for it if you have the money?

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