Our long national nightmare is finally over! Yes, Albert Pujols hit a home run. It was deep, it was long and it was cathartic.
Man, if only Pujols had been given that "mental day off" weeks ago, we wouldn't have been subjected to all the media scrutiny over this ridiculous homerless streak... also we might have won a few more games, which would have been nice.
But enough about what could have been, let's talk about what happens now that Pujols has gone from Machine to Boojols to benched to hopefully being the Machine again. Is this homer really going to be all he needs to get going again? To quit pressing so much and swinging at anything and everything? To get the rest of the team to lighten up?
I don't know about those first two, but I do believe they are well on the way to accomplishing the third of those questions. Seeing how the entire roster reacted by pranking Albert by hiding in the clubhouse tunnels, the loosening has begun. That was just plain funny and I think that they took the prank beyond the standard "silent treatment" that rookies usually get with their first homer shows that this team is ready to start having fun again.
Now, let's go ahead and do something about that sub-Mendoza Line batting average. But let's not make a big deal out of it.