Blame the Writers (But Not For That)

Yeah, the BBWAA screwed up the MVP voting. Last week, Albert Pujols carped about it, claiming NL winner Ryan Howard was not worthy because the Phils didn’t make the playoffs (nevermind their better record than the Cards). “I see it this way: Someone who doesn’t take his team to the playoffs doesn’t deserve to win the MVP,” said Pujols. Nobody likes a sore loser, though. What to do? Blame the media! “The way that came out hurt me big time. I’m very angry about that,” he tells USA Today. “I feel so bad because I love Ryan Howard. I never said he didn’t deserve the MVP. He is deserving of that award. He earned it.” Shoot the messenger. Worked for Dubya for 6 years. Clock’s running on Albert.

10 comments… add one
  • Hopefully Albert can take a page out of Jeter’s book and realize that he isn’t entitled to jack shit.
    Compare Jeter’s response to the absolute robbery of MVP and Pujols’ response. Night and day.

    Andrew December 4, 2006, 12:19 pm
  • By the way. Know they’re are a lot of Giant and Bronco fans on this site. 23-20 is a bitter pill for us both. Feh. Back to hardball!!!

    YF December 4, 2006, 12:33 pm
  • Tom Coughlin is the Mike Hargrove of football.

    SF December 4, 2006, 12:41 pm
  • I can’t even comment on the Broncos. They know they gotta help a rookie QB (who has a cannon on his arm, by the way) and they decide to turn the ball over left and right. One of the kids INT’s was right between the numbers.
    Ugh. I won’t even go into the playcalling.
    They better get their sh*t together, and fast.

    Brad December 4, 2006, 12:48 pm
  • Maybe he needs Jeter’s PR guys.. ;)

    Lar December 4, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • So I guess Fat Albert really is a jerk like the beat writers were saying. Odd that I always had this image of him as a good guy…wonder where that came from?
    It’s also amusing to me that the guy has won the MVP already and this year won the World Series, and yet this bothers him? Would that we all had such things pissing us off…

    Sam December 4, 2006, 1:38 pm
  • “Compare Jeter’s response to the absolute robbery of MVP and Pujols’ response. Night and day.”
    Agreed. Although some people on this site actually knocked Jeter’s response.
    I wonder if Albert would trade his ring for the award since individual allocades mean so much to him…

    lp December 4, 2006, 3:01 pm
  • “So I guess Fat Albert really is a jerk like the beat writers were saying. Odd that I always had this image of him as a good guy…wonder where that came from?”
    For me it came from a piece ESPN did about Albert’s home-life. He fell in love with and married an older woman who had a daughter born with Down Syndrome from a previous relationship. The story was about him adopting her as his own, and the Pujols’ involvement in supporting families of children who have the disorder, even starting a foundation called the Pujols Family Foundation to raise money for Down Syndrome families.
    So it’s still hard for me to think the guy’s a real jerk…Arrogant, yes. Been sticking his foot in his mouth lately? Definately. But he still seems like a good person…for now, at least. A few more comments like the ones he made about Glavine and I might start to come around.

    desturbd1 December 4, 2006, 3:17 pm
  • Although some people on this site actually knocked Jeter’s response.
    I don’t want to go back to this dead horse, but the knock was not on Jeter or his response, it was on treating press releases concocted by PR firms as anything useful or deeply telling, beyond showing savviness with the media. Jeter’s response was 100% smarter than Albert’s for the record, but that’s all I can say about it with any authority. As for Pujol’s “jerkiness”, devoting time to raising an adopted son with DS and devoting money and effort to the cause is about a billion times more telling w/r/t character than is a quip offered to a sportswriter in a pique of professional jealousy.
    And now back to your regularly scheduled programming!

    SF December 4, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • …sf, it just kills you to give jeter credit for anything…i don’t count you saying his response was “smart”…like i told you, and i’ll keep telling you until you get it, it’s the intent, not the words or who wrote them…maybe you can argue that jeter shouldn’t get credit for not being a jerk, but he approves what the pr firm releases, so in that sense they are his words and sentiments…albert should consider hiring a pr firm so he won’t look so badly next time…and you are right about one thing, pujols is neck deep in a bunch of charity work, and any offhanded comment he makes about some meaningless award should be balanced against that before deciding if he is a good human being…he’s a good man…

    dc December 4, 2006, 8:27 pm

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