ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals seem to have done well for themselves without slugger Albert Pujols, who signed a $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels last offseason. After all, here they are ready for Game 3 of the NLCS. Allen Craig is the first baseman and hitting just fine. Carlos Beltran is the big-money guy in right field and is the best offensive player in the history of baseball in the playoffs. And Pujols is home, not playing in October.
The Cardinals are OK without Pujols and a lot of fans seem really OK without him. Take the gentleman with the sign in the photo above.
Marty Prather of Springfield, Mo., (home of The Missouri State Bears) made a deal with a buddy of his: You paint some amusing signs of Albert Pujols not in the playoffs and I'll trade you some pizzas for them (Marty owns some Dominoes franchises.) Voila! We have a fun painting of the back of Albert's head as he sits at home in front of a TV watching the NLCS on Fox TV.
There was also this one:
Ah yes, the old "he's playing golf now" dig. I like the other one better. It's worth more pizzas. But this says what it needs to and it does have a nice halo. Pujols wasn't at the park to see Prather's first display, but maybe he'll catch it on DVR later.
Anyway, Prather, 54, says he has been a season-ticket holder for 30 years. It's cool that he still has enough enthusiasm to spare some pizzas in the name of snarky ballpark signage.