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Albert Pujols misses game to be with his wife

Sep 18, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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Albert Pujols played Sunday after his wife gave birth early that morning, but he’s not in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Rangers. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says it’s “believed” that he’s back in St. Louis with his wife.

Pujols’s wife gave birth to the couple’s fifth child and third daughter at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Oddly enough, that day came nine months and 10 days after Pujols inked his $254 million contract with the Angels.

Pujols’ absence comes with the Angels opening up a three-game series against the Rangers at home tonight. They’re 7 1/2 games back of Texas, 4 1/2 games back of Oakland and three games back of the second wild card with 15 games left to play.

  1. mirmz - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    He’s obviously given up on the season.

  2. Brian Donohue - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Oh dear Albert: does the phrase “family planning” mean anything to you? This kid had to arrive on the first game of a series with TX in late Sept.???

    Oh, all right, you just HAD to have a Virgo cusping Libra, all right. I understand, all is forgiven.

  3. fearlessleader - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    “Oddly enough, that day came nine months and 10 days after Pujols inked his $254 million contract with the Angels….”

    Well, they had to wait to be sure they could afford another kid.

  4. cosanostra71 - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    congrats Albert! Hopefully the Halos can find some life against Texas!

  5. thebadguyswon - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Might as well head straight for the golf course afterwards.

  6. ericellers - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Kid just got borned into some serious $$$$!

  7. jarathen - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I think it’s cool that he was able to take some time to be there, baseball be damned. There aren’t enough rights for American fathers to take time off to be with their newborn children. It’s only a day, sure, but in the heat of a race to catch the BALTIMORE ORIOLES AND OAKLAND ATHLETICS(am I really typing this?), the Angels and Pujols did the right thing.

    And destroyed the Rangers, too. That was nice.

  8. dcbear90 - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Albert should name his daughter Danielle after his agent.

  9. chumthumper - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    What? Are the hospitals in LA not good enough? Have they been unable to find a suitable place to live in CA that his wife has stayed in StL?

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Yeah. There is that Chum. There is also the fact they have several children who are in school.
      Most parents aren’t thrilled with the idea of moving their kids during the school year (even incredibly wealthy parents).
      Wow. I just defended Albert Pujols. I didn’t see that coming for a few more years…minimum.

      • thomas655 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        I guess this shows how important the Angels are to him. He is just there for a BIG paycheck. I cannot see the Pujols of 5-10 years ago abandoning his team in the face of the same circumstances for his 5th child, especially three days after the birth, unless there were complications with either his wife or newborn. I hope for their sake that there are no health problems with his wife or their child.

  10. muir6 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    He is def all in with family still living in st Louis. As a Yank fan good to c were not the only one destroying future by overpaying for over 30 declining free agents.

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