It's a fairly common thing.
A superstar playing out his option sets a deadline on negotiations for the day he reports to training camp. He doesn't want anything to distract him while he's getting ready for the season.
The deadline comes and goes. The superstar stops talking about the new contract, but it's on his mind.
Albert Pujols is quite possibly the best right handed hitter of our generation. He's certainly one of the all-time greats. Even he isn't immune to the struggles caused by a restless mind.
He has started to pull out of his funk, but he's not quite there yet. If the problem were mechanics, it would be an easy fix. His problem is much deeper than that.
Here are five reasons why Pujols' struggles are a symptom of something worse.