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“Albert Boo-jols” goes 0 for 4, as the Angels are shut out again

May 5, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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Credit the L.A. Times for that new nickname. But their headline writer and Mike DiGiovanna are only working off the reality on the ground:

The boos in Angel Stadium could be heard clearly after his sixth-inning strikeout Friday night, and they grew even louder and longer after he grounded out to third base in the bottom of the ninth.

And why were the booing?  Because Albert Pujols took yet another 0 for 4 and the Angels were shut out by Blue Jays pitching for the second straight game. Last night it was Henderson Alvarez, who needed only 97 pitches as he six-hit the punchless Angels.

Mike Scioscia says he may sit Pujols for tonight’s game so he can clear his head.  That’s great. But what does he do to clear the heads of the other 12 position players on the roster who can’t hit a lick?

  1. hotkarlsandwich - May 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    100 bucks says LaRussa is manager before the season is done

    • zackd2 - May 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Scioscia has 6 years left on his contract. So nope

    • paperlions - May 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      I’ll take that bet

    • burnsy - May 5, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      Do you want me to send you an invoice via PayPal?

  2. cur68 - May 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Know what’s amusing? Jeff Mathis is in town there in Anaheim (or where ever it is the Angels play) with the Beaver Men. Same Mathis the Angels kept when they dealt away that homerun machine known as Mike Napoli. Same Mathis that has 2 more homers than Pujols, a better BA & OPS with the same RBIs and all in fewer at bats. Same Mathis that The Angels and their Leadership Team dealt away this off season. Now that they have Phat Al, Phat Al can’t hit, either. Is there something in the California air that sucks the life out of a fella’s bat, or what?

    • lanflfan - May 6, 2012 at 2:36 AM

      Maybe it’s the smog. Or maybe it’s the water.

      • Old Gator - May 6, 2012 at 6:57 AM

        Maybe it’s the deli. Much as I love San Diego, you can’t get decent deli there. And of course the Feather Lice come into town with their bellies full of the smoked meat sandwiches from Caplansky’s. What an unequal contest.

  3. Gordon - May 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    He’ll probably end up turning it around, but the Cards absolutely made the right move by not attempting to match the Angels offer (assuming they were afforded that opportunity).

  4. purplekoolaid1 - May 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Henderson Alvarez is a beast.

    • proudlycanadian - May 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM


  5. proudlycanadian - May 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    The last 4 games that the Angels have played have been complete game shut outs. If the Angels want to win, their pitchers have to be superb.

    • ugglasforearms - May 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      They’ll need to score some runs for those superb pitchers to win.

  6. hcf95688 - May 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    That contract will prove to be an Albertross.

    • pisano - May 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      hcf95688….It was from the start, any team that gives a player a 10 year contract is looking to get screwed. The man says he’s 32, others say he’s more like 35, even at 32 you can’t expect this guy or most others to perform at 40+ years old.A good example is Arod, he’s not near the player he was, and the Yankees have him for 5 more years. I’m a Yankee fan, and I thought it was crazy to extend him to his early forties.These contracts are all about the owners greed and trying to keep the player from signing with the competition.

      • hcf95688 - May 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Yes, pisano, we all know that. The point of my post was to coin the new term for ridiculous long term contracts, “Albertross”, a play on both Puljos’ first name, “Albert”, and the word “albatross”, which is the term for something that greatly hinders accomplishment.

        Yankee fan huh? I’ll try and type more slowly next time.

  7. janknessgv - May 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Albert left the Cards and took the money. Can anyone name a free agent who left St. Louis and had any measure of success anywhere else since free agency began?

    • ikedavisnose - May 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Vince Coleman??????????

      • AlohaMrHand - May 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        Vince Coleman had a great arm.Remember when he threw those firecrackers at those people at Dodger stadium?

      • ikedavisnose - May 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Yes they were all out

    • Kevin S. - May 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      Renteria had that one good year in Atlanta, right?

  8. zackd2 - May 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Can’t handle the pressure, mentally weak, not cut out for NY, choke, Albert Fraud-jols, greedy, doesn’t love baseball.

    Wait this isn’t NY? Ah nevermind then

  9. eaglesw00t - May 5, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Why is it my entire life I have been reading that Philadelphia fans are the ones who would dare boo their own team?

    • paperlions - May 5, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Because Philly fans do boo their own teams.

      I assume you left out the word “only”, which would make the statement false, because it has NEVER been written that Philly fans are the only ones that would boo the home team. Everywhere doesn’t boo the home team….but a lot of places do and will.

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Yes, a lot of places do and will, but it only seems to be an issue when the Phillies fans do it. Even the angelic Cardinals fans booed one of their own players (Ryan Franklin) last year. Fans get frustrated when their team is losing and they think that a player isn’t giving full effort. If they paid money for admission, they have every right to boo. It’s not a big deal.

      • paperlions - May 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        Shouldn’t Philly fans take pride in being the best at booing?

        You guys will boo at the drop of a hat. There have been all kinds of reports of booing of struggling teams this year (Marlins fans were booing their team during the 3rd inning of their first game in the new stadium)….not sure why Philly fans are so sensitive about their status as serial booers.

    • DJ MC - May 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      The fans in other cities boo their teams and players when they play poorly over a significant stretch.

      The fans in Philadelphia boo their teams and players when they play.

    • yahmule - May 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      I think you need Bill Burr to tell you the truth about your city.

  10. bmorethansteel - May 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    They need to fix this before it’s gets really ugly.

  11. legacybroken - May 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Philly is still the worst city in terms of booing. They booed at Santa Claus.

    • racksie - May 5, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Come on, they cheered Michael Irvin. Of course, he was on a stretcher at the time…

  12. scobbalobba - May 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Word just in – Yankees to trade Phil Hughes and the ballpark announcer for Poo Hols

  13. foodstamp69 - May 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    boy thats 330 million well spent so far. this is y nobody should ever be paid that kind of money

  14. AlohaMrHand - May 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    The Rally Monkey has a higher batting average than Pujols right now

  15. randygnyc - May 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I watched the game and heard the booing. That didn’t shock me. What was shocking, though, was that the announcer said this was the first time in his career that Pujols was ever booed on by his home team crowd. Can any cardinal fans speak to that? Any cards fans recall Albert getting booed in St Louis?

  16. Charles Gates - May 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Bat ARod, er, Pujols 8th.

  17. sir1389 - May 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Well at least he’s still making history, in 10 years in St Louis he was never booed once and its only taken him 25+ games to do it this year in Anaheim.

  18. jason1214 - May 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I find this all amusing………….wake up MLB owners………… ANY player more than 5-6 years period is STOOOPID……………there are countless examples of why this is a bad idea, yet it keeps happening. Maybe we’re all the suckers for paying for these TV packages that allow us to watch these bums under perform.

  19. royalsfaninfargo - May 5, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    He will probably turn it around, but as a fan of the ultimate small market team my inner snarkiness comes out when big money contracts turn out bad :-)!

  20. rosesacl - May 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I heard Pujols had his toothbrush gilded in solid 24k gold… true story.

  21. racksie - May 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Well sitting isn’t going to help the Pujols counter at all.

  22. seahawksbmx - May 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    This is Free Agency Karma after the crap sandwich former Angels player Chone Figgins has turned out to be for the Mariners.

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