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When you work hard, you can’t be surprised. ” The values that his grandmother America passed on to him years earlier in the Dominican Republic obviously served him well. Pujols replaced starter Jeff Kent during the game, becoming the first Cardinal rookie to actually play in the All-Star Game since third baseman Eddie Kazak in 1949. Even though he walked in his only at-bat, Pujols was thrilled to have had the 55 56 albert pujols opportunity to play in the game. It served as the culmination of a great first half of the season.

They told me that they were going to pass if he wasn’t a quick sign,” Jacobs said. ” 33 34 albert pujols While the Red Sox were making their move, Roberts was begging his bosses not to lose Pujols. He argued that the other Cardinal scouts had not had enough chances to see him play, and, knowing that he would not be able to play shortstop in the majors, they had not given him a fair evaluation. “He moved OK, and he had a good enough arm that I thought he could maybe play third base,” Roberts said, quoted in Albert the Great.

You can’t sleep the whole night. ” For Albert Pujols, though, his reaction seems to have been different. Once again showing a maturity and self-confidence far beyond his years, he seems not to have had a moment of nervousness or fear. Unlike many other players, he never seems to have had a second’s doubt that he would make it into the big leagues or that, once there, he would succeed. To Pujols, he was still just playing baseball, the same game he had always loved, the game that he had played on the streets of the Dominican Republic as a young kid.

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