Before I get started I have to admit some of this is fueled by my utter disdain for the St. Louis Cardinals organization and the fact that I haven’t gotten my money’s worth out of my $47 investment in Albert Pujols this year as the cornerstone of my 9th-place fantasy team, You’re F*cking Out!
But Pujols’ miraculous recovery from a broken wrist and activation from the DL today has to raise some questions that the superstar thus far has been able to avoid during his Hall of Fame career. To come back from such as serious injury in a mere two weeks when it was expected to take closer to two months has to make you wonder if something unnatural is assisting him. Human Growth Hormone is known for it’s rapid healing effects on the skeletal system as well as many other super-human effects.
Pujols has always remained above the fray, having never been accused of using any kind of performance enhancing drug despite his prolific numbers and prodigious physique. In fact, he is almost universally hailed as a non-user and a great person by writers and fans alike mainly due to his outgoing personality and many charitable efforts.
But didn’t we once think Alex Rodriguez was completely legit only to be shocked and dismayed by his admitting to P.E.D. use? Is it not even possible that Pujols could have pulled to wool over our eyes in the same way for all these years? Has he been able to avoid suspicion because he is generally considered a good guy? Could it be that we’re so desperate to cling to any last remnants of what used to be a clean and pure sport that we’re turning a blind eye to the mounting evidence against him? Despite “The Machine” nickname, he is, in fact, only human and capable of making mistakes.
So let’s put reputation, emotion and bias behind us and simply look at the evidence:
- Pujols has put up historic career numbers eerily reminiscent to those of peers like Bonds, A-Rod, McQwire and Sosa who have been linked directly or indirectly to performance enhancing drugs.
- He’s a big dude. While that’s certainly not an indictable offense, his 6’3″, 230 lb. frame is significantly larger than most other Major League players.
- He healed from a friggin’ broken arm almost as fast a Wolverine healed from having adamantium grafted onto his skeleton!
Admittedly, this is all circumstantial evidence that wouldn’t stand a chance in a court of law, but as these things continue to mount could the court of public opinion sway against him? And when it comes to the Hall of Fame, the court of public opinion is the one that counts.