Wednesday, February 22, 2012

This country ain't big enough for two "El Hombre"

In a move that will not only continue to add to his legacy as a superstar, record setting, gold glove, MVP and World Series Champion. Puljos is as humble as he is great, as kind as he is concentrated and focused when on the field and as generous with charity as he is ungenerous to pitchers who leave a fastball out over the plate. But, maybe most of all he's as respectful of the games past history, players and records and he is respected for his own greatness.


When Albert Puljos spurned the St. Louis cardinals their normally passionate but respectable fans took their disappointment and sadness with his decision to leave as an excuse to bath their one time hero and the man who brought 2 titles back to the city of St. Louis. What the fans did was both uncalled for and petty. For them to pretend that throughout all those years of him giving his all, providing a great role model, giving back more often then most and giving them highlight after highlight that he had no equity is terrible. He earned their respect on and off the field and even he as a professional ballplayer was shocked at the way they responded. But once again he took the high road and said how much he loved his team, the city and his teammates.


Thinking about it, no he didn't NEED the money that was the difference between the Cardinals offer and that of the Angels but why shouldn't he take it? It was said that if he stayed with St.Louis even what they offered would hamstring them so much that the team would take a dip in wins and probably not make a world series appearance for a few years. With the Angels he was not only going to a team and owner known for spending but they were already winners.....and let's talk about that difference in money. So how many of you out there would just say no thanks to somewhere around 40 or 50 million?


Hopefully, with this gesture the fans of the Cardinals and people of St. Louis can remember what type of player and man they had and show him a little more respect. Albert Puljos got to know Stan "the man" Musial, the former Cardinals superstar and Hall of Famer during his time in St.Louis and respects him greatly. That is exactly why during his time in St.Louis he asked not to be referred to as "the man". That title was already taken, many years before him, by another all-time great, another player he not only had a tremendous amount of respect for but they shared a bond many will never know about because they are both private men.


Puljos could have taken his frustration with the fans and the city and turned that into his reasoning for not speaking out against the billboards with his photo along with the title "El Hombre" that spread across LA. If you don't know El Hombre means the man in Spanish. There are 20 of them and as soon as he got word, he did exactly what we all knew he would, let it be known that he was not "The Man", he was Albert Puljos. The man was Stan Musial......




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