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Albert Pujols quiet, yet dedicated to Cards fans

St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Albert Pujols is widely considered the best player in Major League Baseball.  Now in his tenth season, Pujols has proved to be an irreplaceable member of the Cardinals organization and the St. Louis community.  

The eight-time All-Star, three-time National League MVP and 2006 World Series Champion can easily be talked about in the same breath as the great Stan Musial, when the topic of the most legendary Cardinal is discussed.

Pujols’ play has elevated him to the level of one day being considered the greatest player in history.  Unlike contemporary competitors such as Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Cardinals’ hitting coach Mark McGwire, it appears Pujols has generated his accolades, void of the assistance of performance enhancing drugs.

Pujols has continually conducted his business in a professional, yet understated manner. The same has existed in his relationship with the great baseball fans of St. Louis. While not always enthusiastic or talkative, Pujols seems to understand his obligation to the Cardinals massive following.

Below are two pieces of video displaying this situation.  The first scene took place during last winter’s Winter Warm-Up, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

The second video is from an autograph session at 2009 spring training in Jupiter, Florida.

 

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of Examiner.com.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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