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Angels to give away Albert Pujols 500 HR bobblehead

Apr 23, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

The promo date is May 21. Here’s a look at the bobblehead from the Angels’ Twitter feed …

Pujols hit the 499th and 500th home runs of his career on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

  1. paperlions - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Figures that Pujols would change beard styles so that the bobblehead design doesn’t match the 500 beard.

  2. hookersdontsnuggle - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Sad his milestone accomplishments will be celebrated in front of a fan base that wasn’t around the the bulk of it.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Yeah, I don’t know if I could really get excited cheering for an import rent-a-legend like that. You are basically cheering for his Cardinals records.

      Still seems ridiculous that he wouldn’t consider taking slightly less 100’s of millions to retire a Cardinal. The way his wife went on the radio in St. Louis and said they were “insulted” after the Cards’ made a $210 million dollar offer makes him seem like a complete a-hole.

      • clydeserra - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        do players get royalties on bobblehead giveaways?

      • Reflex - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        First off, he was never offered $210 mil. He was offered around $180 mil. Secondly, the team was unwilling to demonstrate any sort of commitment to him past the contract, the Angels have a personal services deal for a decade past his retirement. The difference between offers was roughly $60 mil. That is not chump change.

        And most importantly, the Cardinals profited off of Pujols for a decade, woefully underpaying him for the best first ten years of a players career in history. It is absolutely insulting that they lowballed him so badly when his time came, especially given just how much money he made them. Yes I understand the Cards business reasons, and yes they have moved on fine without him. But he was correct to feel insulted, and he was correct to take the deal he took.

      • stormstrike - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        So insulting!

        It’s hilarious how many sportswriters got all misty-eyed and Mitch Albom-like with their stories about how Pujols and Mrs. Pujols were rags-to-riches men and women of God, who were upstanding model citizens, yadda yadda yadda, and then Dierdre Pujols comes out and says $210 million was “insulting”.

        And yes, it WAS $210 million. Albert Pujols essentially walked away for a difference of $40 mil:

      • dan1111 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Maybe you could cheer for a great baseball player achieving something great?

        Some accomplishments are bigger than one’s rooting interest in a particular team.

      • jimmyt - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Plus, with the cost of living and especially the tax difference between Califorica and Missouri Albert may have actually taken a pay cut. All to make his wife feel special.

    • Dave Stevenson - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      So? Any time a player gets a milestone on the road, isn’t that what usually happens anyway?

  3. imgoingtowichita - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    For the vast majority of his HR’s (minus the jersey) it’s how he looked :)

  4. Carl Hancock - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Yea. 445 of those came in St. Louis. These are his 55 Angels home run bobbleheads LOL. Notice the Nats stadium was empty. It would have been full of Cardinals fans. Last time I went to a Cards-Nats series. (pre-Harper) there were almost as many Cardinal fans as Nats fans.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      ….are you saying the Angels should have given away bobbleheads featuring a Cardinals uniform instead?

      • Dave Stevenson - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        No I think he’s saying that it’s Pujols’s fault for hitting his 500th homer on the road.

  5. joestemme - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Does it come with a souvenir ‘roid sample?

    • cohnjusack - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      That dead horse has been thoroughly beaten.

      Especially considering that Pujols has never been linked to steroids in any way aside from a claim by Jack Clark who said he knew a guy who knew a guy.

      • joestemme - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:20 AM

        Clark backed down because of a threat of a lawsuit. And, there have been other discussions of his steroid involvement within the league.

      • stex52 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        There have been “discussions” about every power hitter of the last 20 years. Those “discussers” need to come up with something or stop with the random accusations.

      • gothapotamus90210 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Bro, you’ve taken the the Pujols steroid accusations way too personally. You’ve been watching too much of the Oxygen network.

    • Dave Stevenson - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      I love how *alleged* steroid use is the same thing as *actual* steroid use in baseball. *sarcasm*

  6. losanginsight - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Nice, but can’t Arte afford to leave the sponsors logo off the actual bobblehead?

    • infieldhit - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      “It’s To-TAL Performance Engine Parts!”

  7. cptnew1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    It was his choice to leave, as much as it was the Cards not to choose to offer what they thought was overpaying him. I’ll always appreciate his time here in STL and what he did for the club, but in my opinion, things turned out better off letting him go. If you were a GM/Owner/Fanbase who would you rather have long term? Molina, Wainwright and Craig, or Albert?

  8. dcbear90 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    If Pujols accepts the Cards deal, either Yadi or Waino doesn’t get resigned. Plus, they don’t get Wacha with the compensation draft pick. And they are stuck paying a declining Pujols until he’s 41. Cards definitely made the right call.

  9. stex52 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    It’s business. You don’t take it personally. I made that mistake when Beltran ditched the Astros for the Mets (although the ethics of his negotiating left a bit to be desired). The Cards got most (if not all) of the best years of his career. Then he got a huge offer from elsewhere. They used the money and the draft choice to lock in a couple of trips to the World Series.

    Both sides won. It’s just a shame that Albert got so emotional in the process.

  10. jimmyt - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Prior to the juicer era there were only like 12 members of the 500 club. By the time Albert got there that had been at least doubled by known cheaters. That is the reason 500 is no big deal anymore. Wipe the record books clean of Sammy, Bic Mac, Palmerjo, Bonds and Co. and it will mean something again.

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