Sure, he may be long gone, but Albert Pujols is still winning games for the St. Louis Cardinals.
In fact, he’ll be winning many more games for the Cardinals in the years to come, as documented by the following jersey modification:
Unless you’ve been living in a cave beneath the future site of Ballpark Village and were only recently forced to the Earth’s surface by the ear-splitting vibrations of actual construction noise, you probably know by now that the Cardinals acquired pitching phenom and NLCS MVP Michael Wacha with the 19th pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft – a compensatory pick the Cardinals received from the Angels when they stupidly inked Pujols to a quarter billion dollar deal.
Which makes this more than just your average modified Pujols jersey. It’s also a small, wearable piece of Cardinals history that tells the story of how the Cardinals deftly turned a burdensome, franchise-crippling contract into what could be a once-in-a-generation pitcher.
In very succinct fashion (pun intended), this jersey tells the story of why the Cardinals are in the championship hunt almost every year.
It also cements John Mozeliak as the Warren Buffett of baseball GM’s. The guy is simply the master of buying low and selling high.
This week, the Cardinals embarked upon yet another home/home series with the Kansas City Royals. Typically, that means “one home series for each team”, but for this particular series it means, “the Cardinals play in front of a home crowd in St. Louis and Kansas City”.
In 2011, we captured the gentleman below at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City.
Oh, that patchwork. It looks like this guy constructed his product with a Swiss Army knife and a few safety pins. And the two MLB logos on the collar are a nice touch.
This effort was good enough to land this fan in our “Hall of Fame“.
But a lot has changed since 2011. Billy Butler is still kicking it with the Royals, but Albert Pujols is a lost artifact from the cross-state rivalry. But that didn’t prevent this fan from making the rounds yet again this week at Kaufmann Stadium with the Cardinals in town.
Odd habits die hard.
Namely, promoting horrific jersey concoctions and tucking said jerseys into khaki shorts.
It could be that our brain synapses are clogged with an overabundance of bro, but it appears that this is a different man than the one in 2011. Did that man sell the jersey? Did he have a friend that borrowed the jersey? Is this a father/son combo with two different jerseys?
Oh, mind blown.
Nearly two years ago, the world embraced the blockbuster of “Albertageddon“. The tale of young Dominican boy between the ages of 31 and 48 swept through mid-America on a journey westward while tormenting the inhabitants of the Gateway City. And who could forget that irreplaceable soundtrack featuring Aerosmith’s, “I Don’t Want To Miss a Mang”? Mmm.
The epic story resulted in an equally-chilling movie poster and the city of St. Louis mournfully transitioned to post-apocalyptic baseball in the hopes that they would never experience such fear and betrayal on the big screen again. They saw glimpses in 2012’s indie film “Molinatastrophe”, but with the recent departure of Chris Carpenter and another unsigned fan favorite, St. Louis is primed for colossal box office panicking in the coming months.
Click the poster above for the enlarged version.
We hear that the owner of Pappy’s Smokehouse turns in an Oscar-worthy performance.
Side note: tip of the cap to @shaw0n for the “Zero Dark Fifty” suggestion.