Albert Pujols is an All-Star. Those of you who follow baseball, you know this. But what you might not know is that not only is Albert an All-Star on the field, but he is also an All-Star off the field.
In Pujols – More Than The Game Scott Lamb & Tim Ellsworth break down all that Pujols has endured in his life. The son of a father who often abused alcohol, Pujols very early in life decided that alcohol was not for him. He did not want his children to have to drag their father to bed as he had to growing up. In addition, Pujols does not smoke, have tattoos or piercings and he even skips out on eating sweets and cookies because they are not healthy for him.
Pujols credits his success to God, and it is his Faith which helps ground him as an athlete and a player. Pujols is quoted in the book as saying:
“God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball. But baseball is not the end; baseball is the means by which my wife, Dee Dee, and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.”
With the salary he makes playing professional baseball he has created his own foundation to give back to the community around St. Louis where he plays for the Cardinals as well as in his home country of the Dominican Republic.
Reading this book has given me a new found respect for Pujols.
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