When slugger Albert Pujols came to the Angels, he brought his pre-game routines and rituals, and product placement. He drinks strawberries and crème-flavored OhYeah! nutritional shakes.
Before every Spring Training game, Pujols returned from batting practice to the clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium, sweat beading from his bald dome, big bat in one hand and a fresh-from-the-cooler bottle of OhYeah! in the other.
Then he'd cock his head back, open his mouth and guzzle all 14 ounces of gluten-free, lactose-free, diafiltered skim milk with 220 calories (80 from fat), just 3 grams of sugar, only 4 to 6 grams of carbohydrates and a whopping 32 grams of protein.
It was like watching a mechanic pour oil into a sports car.
Only this was The Machine refueling the 6-foot-3, 230-pound The Machine that has won two World Series titles and been a three-time NL MVP, six-time Silver Slugger and nine-time All-Star.
Not all athletes use the products they pitch. But Pujols drinks OhYeah!
Angels' Pujols brings product placement
Orange County Register | May 22