April. What is it with April? Is spring training not long enough? Is it the cold weather away from home? Is it Mike Scioscia and his coaching staff? Mike Butcher? Is it team chemistry? I don’t know, I’m sure you can effectively argue anything at this point. Bottom line: our halos are playing like poop, and they know they are. Other than the utter failure of our rotation, let’s try and shed some light on another topic.
Last year, after the signing of Albert Pujols, Mr. Moreno was quick to start his promotion of our generation’s best hitter, placing “El Hombre” billboards of Pujols all across Southern California. Yes, “El Hombre,” the man brought in by Arte to get the Angels back into the playoffs. The man brought in to save the Angels from more disappointment. The man brought in to win a World Series.
Now as you remember, Albert immediately expressed his disdain for these billboards, stating that “El Hombre” was Stan Musial, and that he could never live up to his example. But, come on, was that the only reason? How does one live up to such great expectations upon joining a new team? It was too much, even for a veteran like Pujols. There’s enough pressure that comes along with a $240 million contract and a new team. Everyone in the universe already knew what the Angels pulled off. Why add more pressure by making such a bold comparison to the Cardinal legend? The consequences? Albert spent April trying to be “El Hombre” instead of himself, showing the world how “unmanly” he could be. It was only until the beginning of May that it was clear he shook off these comparisons, and went back to mashing the baseball.no comments