As we all know by now, this time it counts. Bud Selig and the MLB try to make a meaningless game meaningful. The players actually want to win and gain home field advantage. Last night most players were actually standing on the rail of the dugout the entire time rooting their teammates on.
And then in the bottom of the 9th, the NL, after 9 straight All-Star Game losses, mounts a comeback. Bases loaded, down one. And NL Manager Tony LaRussa only has one substitute left, his own Albert Pujols. Tell me how Pujols doesn't get into the game somewhere in the 9th.
Tony, THIS YEAR IT COUNTS. PUT PUJOLS IN THE GAME.
And now it's well documented that Pujols is angered at LaRussa and LaRusso believes Pujols needs to calm down. Not a good situation for Cardinals fans, as the Cards currently aren't really near the playoff picture. The two need to forget about it and move on and try to take over either the divisional or wild card crown.
But for argument's sake, let's continue with this storyline.
I believe that Pujols is correct. He's one of, if not the best player in the National League. LaRussa even said during his in-game interview with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver that Pujols would be used for any situation in any part of the field. Well isn't a one-run game in the last inning a pretty important situation? I just don't get it.
I really wonder what would have happened if the Cardinals owned the best record in the NL right now. Would LaRussa have managed the game differently?
And p.s. I just found this to be an interesting topic. Being a Red Sox fan, I'm glad Pujols didn't step up to the plate and win the game. I'm excited to see the AL with home field advantage again. I just hope my team can get there.