No Steroids, No Press For Pujols

Lee TawilContributor ISeptember 9, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19:  Albert Pujols #5 (L) of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with teammate Ryan Ludwick #47 after scorning in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I don’t know if this is getting much coverage, but I just became aware of the fact that Albert Pujols has 47 home runs this season. 47! Definitely not on steroids 47! How is this not a bigger story right now? Pujols, who is the leader of the first place St. Louis Cardinals, is far and away the best hitter in baseball right now, and he is barely being spoken about. When somebody gets busted for being on the ‘roids, there are headlines and stories for days about it. But here, a truly good story about a player who is about to hit 50 home runs, during an era where playing by the rules is almost impossible, and there is nothing!

Pujols has the prototypical good guy story, as he is a good sportsman with a great attitude towards the game of baseball. In addition, he is a wonderful teammate and an asset in his local community. Basically everywhere you look, Pujols shines without any visible faults. And maybe that right there is the biggest problem. He is too good. People don’t want to hear about people who do everything right because there’s no story, no edge. Unfortunately, we live in a world where a person’s downfall is the best story out there. So it’s all well and good that Pujols is about to hit a ‘clean’ 50, but until something negative comes out about him, it won’t be a big story.

So although cleaning up the game of baseball seems like a top priority for Bud Selig right now, it might be hurting baseball as a business. And isn’t that the most important thing first and foremost? Doesn’t baseball ultimately exist as a way to make money? I am sure Selig is aware of that, and he realizes what really sells. So if Selig truly is a businessman, he will make sure that this steroids thing will be as dragged out as it possibly can be. And if not that, some other story that gives baseball the edge that it needs to flourish in today’s day and age. Because when a guy like Pujols, who should be the face of your league, is not being spoken about, your ‘business’ could be having some very serious problems.

Oh, by the way, Pujols struck out 7 games ago. He’s not perfect. Can he get some press now?