Albert Pujols departs St. Louis for Tinsel Town
I (Evander) am no apologist for big-salaried baseball players. I have good friends in St. Louis, and in fact, uncharacteristically, pulled for this National League team during the 2011 World Series. So, I feel your pain Cardinals fans. But Albert Pujols, who becomes the second-richest player in major-league history (after Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees), has done what he had to by signing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While the rest of the world plays the sport with a DH, the N.L. sticks to the old style of pitcher-batting and late-inning double switches. Mid-career and aging stars like Pujols know that they can find a home in the American League as a part-time DH initially, and probably a full-time DH in late career. Pujols also now prepares to stand astride the second-largest media market of North America. Who could blame him?