It seems like a day hasn't gone by since Albert Pujols signed with the Angels that the Los Angeles times hasn't published a story ripping baseball's newest quarter billionaire.
Here's the another offering, a column from Tuesday by writer T.J. Simers. In it he compares Pujols unfavorably to a young L.A Clippers star. No, not the Lakers who stole headlines in the LA Times sports page on the day Pujols signed his mega deal. But the weak sister Clippers. (For those who don't follow the NBA, the Clippers are the less attractive -- but more accessible sister to the glamorous Lakers in much the same way the Angels are second banana to the storied and more successful Dodgers.)
It's not quite the same as in St. Louis where baseball is king and Albert was 10 feet tall.
Here's what Simers had to say:
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Albert Pujols doesn't do much for me.
He's already played 11 years and we missed much of that.
Some folks go back to his time in high school wondering if he's older than what he claims.
We might be getting him at age 39 for all we know, and what will he be like at 49 with the Angels still paying him?
OK, so he'll still be better than most of the Dodgers , but now his wife, Deidre , is on the radio. She says it was an insult that the Cardinals offered her husband only a five-year deal for $130 million.
Who can live in St. Louis on $130 million after making probably as much the previous decade?
"When it all came down, I was mad," Mrs. Pujols told a St. Louis radio host. "I was mad at God because I felt like all the signs had been played out through the baseball field, our foundation, our restaurant, the Down Syndrome Center, my relationships, my home, my family close. I mean, we had no reason, not one reason to want to leave."
But they did for more money.
It never fails to amaze when an athlete feels insulted because they aren't being paid enough millions. After all they have done so much for mankind.
Maybe Pujols hits lots of homers in his declining years. Maybe he's fun for a while, but you can have that sense of entitlement.
The best part of this job is watching young athletes develop on the job.
How is he handling success? He's doing national advertising campaigns for Subway, Kia and Red Bull, and is already a household NBA name.
But here's all you need to know about Griffin. Instead of ticking off the names of celebrities he has met, he mentions his mother and father.
"Both of my parents are two of the hardest working people I've honestly ever known in my life," he says. "They each worked two jobs throughout my brother's and my childhood. Just the way they live, they still do the exact same things they always did."
But they have a kid now who is rich and who can take care of them.
"I hear so many athletes," he says. "It's like their mom — she wants this house or that. I got my parents a Kia and my dad sent me a text. It takes him about an hour to text a line, but he writes he's really grateful for the Kia and thanks again. I can just imagine other parents maybe saying, 'You got me a what?' But my parents really don't want anything."