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Cub fan chiming in. Pujols is the best player in the game, today. Comparing players from other decades is an unwinnable argument. Ruth only played day games, pitchers would still be in the game after 200 pitches, players did not train so they weren't as athletic, etc. Pujols gets to hit a brand new ball every pitch, Ruth may see the same ball in the 4th inning they were using in the first, Pujols has the advantage of a lighter bat, weight training, year round sport specific training, etc.In my opinion, you put Ruth in this era, with weight training, sport specific training, smaller ballparks, and such and he hits 100 HR's a year, and has over 200 RBI every year. The man was a complete freak of nature. Gretsky is the closest comparison at having a beamonesque career like Ruth did.I would love to have him playing 2nd base full time for the Cubs.
I can compare the fact that Babe Ruth pitched also besides hitting. Pujols is a great hitter no doubt but he's not stealing games defensively like Mays did. Best ever is a long ways away from being given to him. If he maintains this type of average and breaks the all time HR record maybe we can talk.
So if Pujols hits a career .330 and 800 home runs, then we talk about him being the best player ever?Thanks, this is good to know. Why stop at those numbers? He might as well up his batting average to .350 and hit 1,000 home runs.
Well if you anoint someone the greatest ever who's primarily a slugger then yeah his numbers should be legendary not merely great. In this offense crazy era and guy like Pujols should be able to put up career numbers that measure up against Aaron, Ruth and Bonds. You don't even know if his career will fall off like Griffey Jr who I remember being teh hotness not that long ago in conversations like this.
Well if you anoint someone the greatest ever who's primarily a slugger then yeah his numbers should be legendary not merely great. In this offense crazy era a guy like Pujols should be able to put up career numbers that measure up against Aaron, Ruth and Bonds. You don't even know if his career will fall off like Griffey Jr who I remember being teh hotness not that long ago in conversations like this.
can't believe you even took the time to write that
Young people... Pujols isn't even the greatest StL Cardinals player yet. Musial. Heard of him?
Rogers Hornsby wasn't exactly a scrub either.
Not that it equals pitching three wins in Workd Series or anything but .......did anyone else see Pujols score the winning run last night from second base on a simple ground out to second?
I am very much on record as saying Pujols is my favorite current player, and he was definitely out on that play last night, but it definitely took guts to do what he did. My favorite part was how he "deeked" everybody right before that play. He was almost picked off; got up limping; took timeout to stretch it out, and then scores from second on a groundout. Pretty cool. Now, if Derrick Lee could get some of the calls Pujols is starting to get, my favorite team would be more successful. Do the umpires not understand that when a brother is 6' 6", his knees are higher than the average strike zone?
The guys on TV first said he was out, then backed offf a bit looking at the replay. He's definitely getting tagged on the arm there, the question was whether his lead foot had already touching the plate. But he was probably out.Of course, that call pales to the one made at home an inning or two before, costing the Cardinals at least one run. That guy still hasn't tagged Molina, who, unlike Pujols, executed a nice fadaway slide into foul territory and away from the cather's reach. I think the old ump decided the ball got there in plenty of time and assumed Molina was a dead duck.
Scary moment in the Padres game. http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200805222746276
He needs to save those player take-outs for the fucking cubs.
He needs to save those player take-outs for the fricking cubs.
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