St. Louis Cardinals fans must be nervous. It seems like the baseball gods are trying to hurt Albert Pujols.
On Monday night, Pujols appeared to tweak his ankle while hustling into second base, getting his spikes caught in the dirt just before beginning his slide.
Turns out he was fine -- even shrugging it off, saying he'd be in the lineup Tuesday -- but it was scary enough for the trainers to come out to check him out.
If that wasn't enough, turns out even some media members are after him. Do I smell a conspiracy?
Jack Curry of the New York Times wrote on Monday of an encounter last week with Pujols in which ...
Our ankles got tangled for a moment and both of us nearly tripped.
"You all right?," Pujols said. "I don't want you to get hurt."
It's not like Pujols needs more All-Star votes so we'll assume his concern for Curry was genuine.
To his credit, Curry found the question hilarious, and responded correctly, saying "We'd be in a lot worse shape if anything happened to you."
But can you imagine the furor if a reporter had put the planet's best hitter on the disabled list? That would be a true test of the power of the press.