On May 14th I found myself at the store holding a Pujols T-shirt. I was the perfect size for my 1 year old nephew, whose parents are Dodger fans. Pujols was in Oakland, CA getting ready to face off against the A’s with his .196 batting average. I stood there thinking how my sister would react, and how it would further fuel the Pujols trash talking. I chose to buy the T-shirt and later that night I was glad I did.
The Angels got shut out for the 8th time that night and Pujols went 1-4. I didn’t watch the game live, as I had softball that night, so I had set the DVR with 30 extra minutes. The footage on those “extra” 30 minutes renewed my faith in Pujols and in the Angels. The footage was an interview with Jose Mota and Albert Pujols. I don’t know why I had not seen this interview before but it was about how Pujols
chose to come was led to the Angels.
In the interview Pujols spoke about his frustration on how negotiations were going with the Cardinals. He spoke about how his faith had carried him throughout his career and how he always took a knee and said a prayer before making a decision. His Christian faith and prayers would ultimately forge the contract that would bind him to us for 10 years. The night Art called him he and his wife took a knee asked God for guidance and to show him where he wanted him to go and the rest is history. Pujols signed his contract but was not producing in his new home.
Pujols mentioned in the interview that he always surrounded himself with strong Christians that would pray for one another and help them keep their focus on their faith and to always put God first. I sat in my living room alone in the dark thinking about the interview and I thought to myself, “Maybe his early struggles are God showing Pujols that without him he is nothing, and that he shouldn’t let the huge amount of money blind him.” That’s when I made a vow to myself; instead of criticizing Pujols during a slump or power drought (he was in both at the time) I would take a knee and pray for him.
That night I asked God to help Pujols find his way at the plate. I said a little prayer along these lines.
God, I know you sent us Pujols for a reason. I know you didn’t send him here to epically fail and humiliate himself. I don’t know what your plans are for him or why he is in this horrific slump. If this is a life lesson for him, so be it, but please show me a sign that he is here to produce and to be a shining light for you in the Angels lineup and in the locker room. Give me a sign of life in his bat, and that he will eventually brake out of this slump. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
The next day my sister asked if I could babysit my nephew. I said of course, as I eyed the new Pujols T-shirt he would be sporting as soon as she left. My nephew and I sat in front of the Tube with our Angels gear on that night waiting for a sign from above. The sign came in a loud resilient form, The Angels shut out the A’s and Pujols went 3-4. I thanked God and for the first time this season I felt at ease with a renewed faith in my Halos and more importantly in Albert Pujols. Fast forward to today, and Albert finds himself with 6 Homers and 14 RBIs in the past 12 Games. As for our Halos, they are on a season high 5 game winning streak and in Second Place.
I have been meaning to post this since the night of May 15th but hadn’t gotten around to doing so. I would like to invite fellow HH members to include our Angels in your prayers. This could be the very fuel our players need to get us our second World Series Title.