Congratulations to Albert Pujols for winning the 2009 NL MVP award, an award most deserved. It’s his third MVP award, which puts him in a select company of professional baseball players. A third MVP award almost guarantees a selection call from the good folks at the Hall of Fame. Even more impressive is the fact that the MVP selection was unanimous. Better writers than I have expounded on Albert’s monster stats and those need not be repeated here.
For those who insist that Albert is on steroids because he has gained a few pounds and has lost some of his hair, well, remember that he will be 30 in January. Men gain a few pounds and lose some hair (if not all of their hair) as they age. Heck, I’m a 48 year old woman and I’ve gained some weight and lost some of my hair (waah!) Talent, hard work and a great attitude will take a person a long way, and Albert has those qualities in spades. When you have those qualities, you don’t need steroids. Albert has said many times in interviews that he is willing to be tested for steroids at any time and at any place. If he were on the juice, he wouldn’t be willing to make that kind of statement.
Albert has another title – that of Most Valuable Person. He is an MVP on and off the field. Albert is a devoted family man. Not only does Albert give his well earned money to charity and has even started a foundation devoted to Down’s Syndrome people and the poor people of the Dominican Republic, he gives his valuable time as well.
Albert is a man of great faith in God. In interviews, he never fails to give credit to the One who gave him the talent to accomplish his great achievements. Every time Albert hits a home run, he points to the sky to give thanks to the Lord for his accomplishment. Even in non-baseball interviews, he draws attention to the Lord and his beliefs.
This year’s MVP award is just another award in Albert’s collection of awards. I’ve seen some of them in person in the glass case at his restaurant. But the award that Albert will treasure the most will happen when he shuffles off this mortal coil and meets his Maker. Then he will hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Those six words will mean more to Albert than any earthly award, for they will come from his Savior and he will reap the benefits of that award throughout eternity. I pray that I too will hear those wonderful words when my time comes.
Well, that’s all for tonight. Have a great Thanksgiving!