08/27/2004: Keeping up with the prophets....
Mucking about the archives of This Humble Blog, I stumbled across this entry, dated March 25, 2004:
Oh crap!Of course, considering the first three years of Pujols's career, you've really got to start expecting that he's going to have an off year soon. I wonder what the corellation is between signing a blockbuster, multi-year contract like Puljols's and having an off year is?
This is not what I want to hear. From The Cards Clubhouse:Albert Pujols on the cover of EA Sports' MVP Baseball 2004. Although its a tremendous honor, it's widely considered a jinx among fans, as lackluster seasons have plagued other players during the year they have appeared on the cover of the game.
Then again, an off year for Pujols just might still be above major league average.Fortunately, that jinx didn't come to pass, though it was looking that way for a while when Albert went into a bit of a slump in the early months of the season. But he managed to work his way out of that, and he's put together legitimately MVP quality numbers this season, batting .323/.405/.646 (AVG/OBA/SLG) with 39 home runs in 477 at bats.
Len on 08.27.04 @ 08:23 PM CST