Re: "The Cardinals have great fans," and "Albert Pujols is a great guy off the field.
I dunno, the last guy to have that kind of power, that kind of plate coverage... the ability to hit pretty much any pitch out of the park was Barry Bonds.
I'm not saying he's a user. But I just can't fathom a guy coming into the league and never hitting less than 30 homers, never having less than 100 RBIs, OPSing .900 nearly every year and over 1.000 most years, OBPs always at or above .400 - and that not being somehow due to chemical enhancement.
Maybe it's just the fact that I hate the guy because he consistently kills the Reds, I don't know. But he does have some tell tale signs. Acne, receding hair at a young age, and he's gotten A LOT bigger since he first came into the league.
Then again, maybe he's clean. If he is, he's the best hitter the game has seen in 50 years and probably for the next 50 years. If not, well, we've seen that before.
Here's a question - say Albert did test positive for a PED. Would MLB risk the huge PR hit they would take by outing Albert? Part of me thinks they wouldn't. Then again, I'm probably wrong. Wouldn't be the first time and it won't be the last time. :-p