I am going to turn to the MLB for this post, and the only reason why is because a momentous event happened on December 8th, 2011, at about 4 AM: Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $254 million deal today, signing him on to with the halos and officially nabbing him from the World Series winners, St. Louis Cardinals.
With that agreement, Pujols becomes the second most-paid player in baseball, and only the second to break the $200 million line in Major League Baseball history. That is a lot of cash, and nothing to joke about, especially when it comes to a player like Albert Pujols.
This is where I have to say that the Angels did well signing on Pujols. The decision is one that definitely would have hurt the Angels to turn down, even if he is getting a lot more than I think he should. However, we do not control that part of baseball and, hey, if the players can get that much, then go for it. Back to Pujols, though.
He is the one that I said in the last World Series needed to be walked (readers of my blog may remember that post), and the manager did just that the next game, three times that night. As a coach and a pitcher, I learned that when you can't strike 'em out, you gotta walk 'em! In the end, that was a great game.
So I was rooting for the Texas Rangers during the Series, but my favorite team of all is the Angels. If I had to put my favorite teams in a line-up, I would say that the AL West Los Angeles Angels top it off for sure, followed also by the AL West Texas Rangers. Next is the NL Central Chicago Cubs, and finally the AL East Baltimore Orioles.
So this is one of (if not the) best players in the sport right now is going to my favorite team in baseball. Well, I do not think there is any better way to get my pumped up for the 2012 season, and who knows, maybe this will be the year the Angels take their second world series. If that is the case, I will try my hardest to make it the first World Series game I go to.
I cannot wait to see this year's start at spring training, and to see how the Angels and Pujols work out together on the field. I really hope it is like a match made in heaven, and the Angels pitchers can hold up as well while the rest of the team gets energized by Pujols' presence in the club house as their teammate. If all goes well, he may just get them to play on the next level, if you know what I mean.