So maybe it isn't a new team, unfamiliar American League pitching and/or since-fired batting coach Mickey Hatcher that are preventing Albert Pujols from hitting out of his $250 million Angels cap.
Perhaps it's home cooking–or the lack thereof.
Pujols just gave an interview to the Spanish-language version of USA Today (Christ, they really are taking over everything) where he says one of his biggest adjustments as a player has been starting the season away from his wife and four children, who attend school in St. Louis.
“It's been difficult but it's part of the job. My wife and my (kids)
understand dad's job is outside St. Louis. It's very difficult because
we have not been in that situation before, but thankfully they're coming
on Sunday and we'll recover that lost time. I can't stop playing
because I'm in another city. It's part of the job God wants me do to,
and I want to be obedient and go where my calling is.”
You didn't really think he'd go that entire quote without mentioning the Big Guy, did you? And no, that's not a reference to Pujols' portly pal Rick Warren.
those soldiers who go to Iraq and spend two or three years without
seeing their families. For me it's only two or three weeks. I'm thankful
God has given us the technology where we can see each other through
Skype on the computer. It's not the same thing, but at least we can see
each other. Imagine the time before when that wasn't available and
people had to go defend our country. It's really hard. I go two weeks
without seeing my family and I go crazy.''
. . . And on the eighth day, God invented Skype.
Sunday is a reference to this Sunday, when the someday(?) slugger's wife
Diane Diedre and those four young Pujolses join Daddy in Anaheim for their week-long break from studies. Before they arrive, Pujols has already boosted his anemic April of homeruns (0) to four in May (as of before last night's 7 p.m. first pitch). But he was still batting an uncharacteristic .213 going into that game against the Mariners.
Doesn't Saddleback have a campus or approved Christian home-schooling program we can get those kids into?
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.