How much does Albert Pujols respect and appreciate Los Angeles Angels teammate Mike Trout? Enough to put Trout’s poster on his bathroom mirror. That’s how much.
According to the Orange Country Register, this discovery was made after Pujols decided to list his 5-bedroom home in Irvine’s secluded Shady Canyon for sale for this week. The pricetag, by the way, is a cool $7.75 million.
Included in the listing is a basic description of the 9,239 square foot home and all of its incredible features, which include a formal dining room, ground level master suite, a large swimming pool and spa, a courtyard and patios. There’s also a slideshow, which gives life to those words and reveals the poster’s location.
And what an interesting location is it.
Honestly, this feels a little too random to be real. It almost has to be planned, perhaps by Pujols to rib Trout or perhaps by someone else to rib Pujols. But we’ll hang on to the sliver of hope that this poster made a permanent home there for as long as we can.
Whatever the case, this should lighten the mood at Angels camp following news that Pujols may not be ready for opening day.
Now three and a half months removed from right foot surgery, Pujols has progressed to batting practice and agility drills, but has not been cleared for defensive drills. This revelation doesn’t necessarily indicate he’s behind schedule, but any hope that he would progress quicker seems to be out the window now. It’s a race against time, and it officially begins right now.
At 36, Pujols is still very important to the Angels. He showed last season that he’s still capable of putting up big power numbers, cranking 40 homers after hitting 45 combined in the previous two seasons. If Pujols were to suffer a setback and the Angels were to lose that power potential for an extended period, it would be a devastating blow.
As long as Mike Trout’s around, there’s always hope. But the truth is, beyond Trout and Pujols, the Angels lack of thump is non-existent, bordering on startling. They need a healthy Pujols, but more importantly, they know it.
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