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.