The December 19th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including LaRussa says Pujols is "in pain" since leaving the Cardinals, the new Angels lineup scared no one, Pujols might help lure Yadier Molina to Anaheim and much more...
The Monkey Says: Don't freak out about this. It sounds as if Pujols is pained about the Cards not showing him more love than he is about joining the Angels themselves. Still, I hope he uses this pain as more of a "hell hath no fury like a slugger scorned" motivation rather than moping about it.
The Monkey Says: That shouldn't come as a surprise to Angel fans. This lineup stunk last year, and adding one player, even a great one, doesn't turn it into a juggernaut.
The Monkey Says: This is all speculation, but given the relationship with Pujols and Scioscia's infatuation with the catching Molina brothers over the years, it makes a lot of sense. The question is whether or not Dipoto wants to pursue it since Yadier isn't anything special with the bat. However, if Dipoto trades Conger and fails to be impressed by Iannetta, Molina will start making a lot more sense.
The Monkey Says: It is hard to imagine him not getting to 3000 hits, so that $3 million should be a lock. The home run record though, that seems pretty unlikely.
The Monkey Says: I actually think this is a good study in favor of Pujols. Those that aged well seemed to be guys that were just incredible natural hitters and not so much tremendous athletes. The bad list also seems to be filled with suspected roiders and/or guys who did not live the clean lifestyle Pujols reportedly does. Of course, all it takes is Pujols falling into the dugout in his first game and the Angels are pretty much boned for ten years.
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I find it hard to believe that Albert is in pain leaving the Cardinals, last year I would have believed it, but he has showed his true colors, green all the way to the bank, but it is sad to know that money means that much to AP and his family, especially after watching them on 60 minutes, I thought this guy was different, but he proved us all wrong. So sad.....
Seriously. Nice No Vaughn reference. I remember I was living in Florida and the game was on ESPN. I was so pumped to see him play and right off the bat, his fat ass falls into the dugout. Easily one of my favorite moments in sport
Ohhhhh! Nice Mo reference, Mr. The Monkey! And extra-scarey!
I've been pondering Dave Schoenfield's piece since it appeared. As correct as he might be in a vacuum, it will be the rare pitcher who fails to notice Albert in the hitting circle out of the corner of his eye. I'd agree that Howie is the perfect hitter in front of Albert, if only because he doesn't attempt that many steals. When he does reach first (assuming a non-extra base hit) they will have to tie an anchor to him. Without a solid hitting Morales following Albert it will be an almost automatic walk any time Aybar or Kendrick are on second or third, if only on reputation. And unless Albert tries to take that out-of-the-strike-zone slider yard on a regular basis, as predicted by Adolf. And, yes, at this moment I'd still go with Aybar batting leadoff. Morales failing, it would be nice to see a career average Wells batting fourth. But then the pressure might give us another '11. ARGH! What to do?