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Cards’ Pujols making strong bid for rare Triple Crown

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

ST. LOUIS – This isn’t so much an All-Star Game as the “Albert Pujols” variety show.

See Albert talk, as he did at the National League news conference. See Albert show his elders respect – “El Hombre” admitted he could learn some hitting from Stan “The Man” Musial. See Albert give advice to the leader of the free world, President Barack Obama, whose first pitch he will catch tonight before the 80th All-Star Game.

“He said he wants to warm up. That’s fine. You don’t want to bounce it,” said Pujols, the Cardinals’ all-star slugger. “Nobody wants to see that.”

At one point during the Home Run Derby media event, players spoke in Spanish. You half expected Pujols, himself bilingual, to translate. He’s done everything else this week.

Yet there’s one feat even he can’t list on his bloated resume: the Triple Crown.

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