Albert Pujols Is A Wrecking Ball

Thursday, May 22, 2008

It's not often that you knock one player out of the game, allbeit two in one inning. Well that's exactly what Albert Pujols did on Monday night against the Padres.....

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young and catcher Josh Bard were knocked out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals by Albert Pujols within a span of two batters.

Pujols hit a line drive off his Young's face in the third inning, breaking the right-hander's nose. Young immediately fell on his backside and put his right hand up to his face. Blood was running down his face.

After a few minutes of sitting on the grass, Young walked off holding a bandage on his face with blood on the front of his jersey.

Pujols' shot ricocheted to the left side of the infield for a single and loaded the bases with one out. After Ryan Ludwick's grounder knocked in one run and advanced the runners, Troy Glaus lined a single to right field.

Aaron Miles and Pujols scored on the play. But right fielder Brian Giles' throw arrived at the plate at the same time as Pujols, who slid and caught Bard's left leg.
Hell....reading is for suckers. Let's just watch it go down. Via Fan IQ....

Update: MLB took the original vid down so here's a new (but crappier) version.

I know that Pujols meant none of that, but you still should have buzzed him in his subsequent at-bats. The Padres just let it be though as they probably didn't want Brian Giles going down next. Craziness.

Young and Bard of Padres leave game with injuries (AP)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 7:58 AM


Wow, Escobar's knee to Church's head is nothing compared to either of those. I think Pujols was truly concerned with Young, but seemed to think Bard should have blocked better or gotten the hell out of the way.

TomahawkFlop said...
May 22, 2008, 8:21:00 AM  

I've done that once and there is no better feeling as a batter than smoking one off of the pitcher's face.

GMoney said...
May 22, 2008, 10:36:00 AM  

You messed up that first line, AA.

Albeit.. I do not think it means what you think it means.

You should use 'let alone' instead.


The Jeff said...
May 22, 2008, 12:19:00 PM  

What weird about this video is the way they're all standing around after Young's nose got bloodied, acting like he just broke his neck or something. C'mon, guys--it was his NOSE! I think Pujols and one of the Pads were actually praying! Sheesh.

Anonymous said...
May 22, 2008, 12:34:00 PM  

Yeah it was a little much to start praying, but hey, it was just their human reaction. And it probably looked ridiculously bloody and scary close up, so I can understand the praying.

Jay said...
May 22, 2008, 2:48:00 PM  

Pray all you want. That is what I say. Praying is cool.

Anyways, this is not a freak accident. It is percentages. When big men play a "sometimes" contact sport, the percentages for contact go way up. :-)

Anonymous said...
May 22, 2008, 2:58:00 PM  

Anon1- Pujols and Gonzalez were praying. I'm not a religious person, by any means, but I see nothing wrong with what they did; and Pujols was legitimately concerned about Young:
"When I hit it, I thought it was going over his head," Pujols told reporters after the game. "But it hit him right in the face. "There was blood all over the place and I began to pray about it and make sure it was all right.
It was a pretty tough night. After that, I couldn't concentrate on my other at-bats. I kind of had flashbacks thinking about that at-bat."

UnHoly Diver said...
May 22, 2008, 3:15:00 PM  

Wow, gmoney is a dick.

Anonymous said...
May 22, 2008, 7:45:00 PM  

They took this clip down. That sucks.

Anonymous said...
May 22, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

To say that they should have buzzed him in subsequent AB is just pure folly. WTF would that have accomplished, other than pissing him off(ask Kerry Wood and Zambrano about that) and angering La Russa, as well? He didn't hit Young on purpose, and the slide into home was as clean as they come.

UnHoly Diver said...
May 23, 2008, 10:45:00 AM  

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