Albert Pujols, the Angels' 10-year, $240 Million Man, None and Done?

When Albert Pujols signed with the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim in December 2011, some baseball experts wondered what kind of production the 33-year-old would give in the later years of his 10-year, $240 million contract.

But now a national sports columnist has expressed his doubts about the future Hall of Famer's production in the deal's initial years, too.


NBCSports.com's Joe Posnanski writes in "Albert Pujols Doesn't Matter Anymore:":

The thing that's strange--the thing that's sad--is how little excitement there is now when he comes to the plate. Let's go to a moment in Sunday's Angels-White Sox game. The count is 3-0, and Albert Pujols has the green light. There should be an electrical charge buzzing the air. Only ... really ... there isn't a buzz. There isn't a charge. There isn't anything at all. The thrill-o-meter is at zero.

Later:
Look: He is 33 years old, just beginning a $240 million contract, and he's playing for an overpriced and kind of dreadful team that looks like it was built by a rotisserie baseball beginner who ran out at the last minute and bought three fantasy baseball magazines. He looks hurt. He looks tired. He looks out of place. He looks ... well, truth is, who is even looking anymore?

Posnanski argues the excitement that followed Pujols to the plate has been sapped by Miguel Cabrera, and that young Angel fans are less likely to buy (or have bought for them) a Pujols jersey than they are one with "Trout" on the back.

That at-bat against the White Sox is indicative of why this is. With that 3-0 hitter's count, Pujols unleashed his swing and, as Posnanski relates, "There are no cartoon exclamation points. Instead, he pops up to the shortstop, completing his 0-for-4 day. There will be better days, of course. But the big thing, is nobody really seems to notice. Nobody really seems to care."

I think some of us do. This was from our last Scariest People issue:

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Illustration by Joe Simko/OC Weekly


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Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Seems to me that the Angels won a series, back when a bunch of faceless, and no doubt white, corporate types owned and operated the team.

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

100% Murphy's Law...they made too much out of him joining and jinxed it.  I go once a year as it costs WAY too much money for the value (almost as much as Disneyland but over in 3 hours).  If that guy made $1 million less each year, could that not translate into $1 less for a million beers?  Now doesn't that seem like the right thing to do!!!

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

I hated that signing the day they announced it. I knew then that there was only a 10% chance that the Angels would get their money's worth.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Easy to say when it's someone else's money. The facts are: He keeps getting hurt, he is mediocre with the glove, no one fears him. He's a total bust who is worth, maybe, 15 million. Make a case for him being worth it or you are more disillusioned nut scrubber than anyone else is a hater.

Joel Kenyon
Joel Kenyon

The Cardinals don't seem to miss him.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Bust. I said that was a bad sign on day one.

John Hald
John Hald

haha yep who didnt see that coming.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Joe Posnanski is an east coast scribe who obviously doesn't frequent Angel Stadium. "An electrical charge" that's "buzzing the air"? At Angels Stadium? That's hilarious. The Angels have some of the most boring reserved fans in all of sports. A freakin library gets more raucous than the Big A! While I do agree Pujols is slowly but surely becoming irrelevant and the contract will end up biting Arturo Moreno in the ass. Basing Pujols relevance on fan reaction while he's at the plate is laughable.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@TheRefriedMexican  

I was just about to post the same thing.  Put another way, just imagine if Pujols had a 3-0 count in a Sunday afternoon game in New York.  The electricity in every level of the stadium -- either of them -- would be palpable.  

Even Edison putting its name on the stadium didn't create a charge in the place the Angels play their home games. 

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

It's like night and day when comparing New York fans to Los Angeles of Anaheim fans.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Depends what mood the fan base is in I guess. The point being is the Yankee fans actually make noise, be it cheers or boos.

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