Is it safe to love Albert Pujols?
He has 22 homers through 1/4 of the season. If he keeps it up, and there’s no reason to think he won’t, we could be cheering him in September as he chases Bonds’ record for most home runs in a season.
But is he too good? We’ve been duped before by monster home run hitters: Bonds, McGwire, Giambi, Sosa and Palmeiro. And after we learned the truth, we looked back and asked ourselves, “how could we have NOT known they were on steroids?”
Pujols has never tested positive for steroid use. He has never done anything illegal or immoral, as far as we know. He is a great player who quietly goes about his business. He’s a pro. But still, there’s that nagging voice: he’s so big, so strong, so quick — could he possibly be legit?
LA Times columnist Tim Brown tackles the topic in a column today. Check it out.