Pujols Continues Hot Start to Career
When Michael Vick entered the NFL, when Lebron James laced em up for the his first NBA tilt and even when Tiger Woods joined the PGA Tour, we were saturated with the clichéd "he's going to revolutionize the way the sport is played." For whatever the reason, we were never inundated with similar claims for one Albert Pujols.For all of the clamor the other three have received, and deservedly so for the most part particularly with Tiger, Pujols has arguably been the most prolific performer of them all. In his initial five full seasons in the bigs, all Albert did was bang out 982 hits, cross the plate 629 times, mash out 201 home runs and drive in 621 runs.
He has yet to have a season in which he hits under .314, his lowest homer total is 34 and his lowest run and RBI figures are 112 and 117 respectively. Numbers like these are hard to digest, but allow me to synthesize them for you.
Pujols is truly a phenomenon.As he begins 2006 at a more scalding pace than his previous five years, we glance back in history to find viable comparisons. The Gehrig decade from 27-37 was awfully special as was Joe D pre-war and the Babe's entire résumé; and while it still may be a tad premature to throw praise that lofty onto the shoulders of a 26 year old, from where we are sitting, this Albert Pujols character has done nothing so far but stake a claim to becoming one of baseball's all-time great hitters..
Matt Auerbach blogs about sports and pop culture at http://sportsbuffoon.blogspot.com.
By: Matt Auerbach
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