The Nooner #9: Prince Albert
The upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated features none other than Albert Pujols on the cover!
The cover story (written by Joe Posnanski) is fantastic and can be read in full here. It covers everything from Pujols’ baseball career to his family life and charity work. But the major theme illustrates Pujols’ image and his non-use of performance-enhancing drugs.
I, for one, believe Pujols. Why shouldn’t I? His name was not in the Mitchell Report. He has never been credibly linked to PED’s. His numbers, while astronomical, have been steady. I have to say that I was wrong about A-Rod. I wanted to believe he did it all on his own. But there were always whispers about him…I blew them off as lies, but they were there. And they turned out to be true. Has anyone ever whispered about Albert Pujols? Not that I’ve heard. Don’t assume that because he’s a top tier player in this day and age that he has to be a cheater. He’s innocent until proven (or admitted) guilty. But we don’t owe that to Albert Pujols. I believe we, as fans, owe ourselves that.