In hindsight, Albert Pujols' personal objection to the Angels' "El Hombre" marketing campaign was a great call on more than one level. Recall the Angels, without Pujols' prior knowledge, had created 20 billboards featuring the 32-year-old free-agent's larger-than-life image with an "El Hombre" designation promoting ticket sales. Pujols, with a genuine respect for the Cardinals' storied history, suggested that maybe, just maybe, Stan Musial should be the only player deserving of the nickname "The Man" — in any language. Unfortunately, that objection is Pujols' only home run.
The Angels are a mess. A firestorm of red and white gloom has arisen in southern California surrounding the prolonged long-ball drought Pujols is going through in his first month with the Angels and in the AL. The slugging first baseman, a three-time NL MVP, was expected to lead the Angels into a spirited mano-a-mano battle with the Rangers for AL West supremacy. So far it hasn't unfolded, as the Angels rank dead last in the division. But Pujols isn't the only source of Halo fan disappointment.
Chill fans. What can be the real value placed on a single month of failure in the grand scheme of a marathon six-month season? Consider that Stan "The Man," during the course of his 22-year Hall-of-Fame career, went homerless three times in April — 1943, '51 and '59. And at 32, the same age as Pujols is in 2012, Musial hit just one home run in April, but ended the year with 30 bombs and 113 RBIs, making the NL all-star team, finishing eighth in MVP voting. Perhaps there's still time for El Hombre.
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Toronto Star | May 3