Do I hear crying Albert?

Well its official, Major League Baseball’s golden boy is not so golden after all. This week, Albert Pujols whined to the media saying that he believed that he should have won the NL MVP rather than Ryan Howard. Are you serious? Pujols is coming off a season where his Cardinals finished atop their division, beat a lot of great teams in the playoffs and not to mention won the World Series. Its an absolute shame to see a great and well respected player like Albert act this way whether hes right or wrong, and Im not saying hes either.

He has been sucked into the black hole of stardom that has claimed so many already great athletes like Terrell Owens, Barry Bonds (who was once a great athlete even without the cheating) and Kobe Bryant. We lose so much respect for these guys simply because they cant keep their mouths shut and for just a couple of minutes (or in some cases hours, Kobe) they stop being the people we thought they were. Personally, I lost a lot of respect for Albert after hearing his comments and thought that he didnt only embarrass himself with his extremely childish behaviour but also insulted a very talented Ryan Howard in the process. Ryan Howard had similiar if not better stats than Pujols and completely deserved the MVP award for his fantastic season with the Phillies.

I sincerely hope that athletes will start taking their comments more seriously because not only are they role models for millions around the world but they are important people in one of societies most interesting and exciting institutions. Just once, I would like to see someone survive the trip from complete anonymity to blazing superstardom and have the basic fabric of their being remain intact. Ya, I’m talking to you TO.

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8 Responses to “Do I hear crying Albert?”

  1. YOYO Says:

    Athletes deserve the right to free speach but after this give it we overreact i especially on Kobe and TO. Bonds deserves it since he cheated but TO he never commited any crimes, he did TD celebrations thats fun not a crime, he defended himself in philly and he left SF and SF was already destroyed it wasnt his fault look Jeff Garcia was Made by Owens

  2. TwinsFANaddict Says:

    But you must realize that TO has made the gravest mistake you can when i comes to being an athlete. Complaining about how much money he makes. Average everyday people dont wanna listen how mad some football player is about making 3 million dollars a year to making 7 million dollars a year for catching football. He has put himself into the most hated players club, along with them for disgracing the fans, the ultimate sins, because those fans are the lifeblood of your job. You signed the contract now shut up and play!

  3. justanothersportsfanatic Says:

    The funny thing about that is that athletes are of course entitled to free speech just like the rest of us but to a certain degree. Their job has certain restrictions because the company they work for is the NFL, their team and in the end they all work for us, the fans. Every penny that the NFL makes, the teams make and the players make is because of us which in turn makes us their boss. Now in a regular job, you would hardly do anything to jeopardize your job the way Owens or Bonds has because your boss would fire you in a second. The fans are the big bosses in sports and we decide who gets the endorsements and makes the big money. Players shouldn’t say or do anything that could hurt their image in their boss’ eyes.

  4. Joe Says:

    Pujols is a moron..the Phillies even ended up having a better record than the Cards..u just won a championship..cry me a river Albert

  5. Josh Says:

    You are all wrong. Yesterday, Pujols stated that he felt sick to his stomach about the comments he had over Ryan Howard winning MVP. He said he apologized to Howard.

  6. Matt Says:

    Actually the Pujols was quoted in Spanish and if you translate it he doesnt say he should have won it over Ryan Howard,he just says it should go to a playoff team player, he doesnt mention himself or Howard in the quote. He was even quoted saying recently that he loves Howard and he was misquoted and he is sorry the media blew it out of proportion like this.

  7. phil Says:

    It didn’t really come out like that, it was just reported like that. I heard AP say he made the comment in Spanish and I found the original comment on the net. I speak Spanish and it’s really not the same as what was reported. A lot gets lost in translation.

  8. benbca Says:

    YOYO is right, athletes have the right to freedom of speech, but then so do fans. If athletes want to complain about the money they make, their involvement on the team not up to their liking, the coach, the media, whatever, we as fans then get the right to to voice our opinion on them. If they want to be model athletes, a charity guy like Warrick Dunn, then they don’t have to listen to the fans bitching about them.

    Look at Steve McNair, caught for an impaired and not so much as a whisper from the fans or media, because everybody knows that he’s a good charity guy and well liked. Had that been T.O. we’d still be hearing about it.

    Thats the freedom of speech, working both ways.

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