From a secret plan to confirming that he did not request a change to play, Albert Pujols showed his more human and professional side by fulfilling the promise of seeing action in LIDOM
It seems that the integration of Albert pujols to the Lions of the Chosen One It happened in just a couple of days, but during the major league superstar’s presentation press conference it became clear that it is a process that has been brewing for several years.
Pujols was asked why he considered playing now to be the ideal time and only said he did not know.
“In 2008-09 I thought I was going to get a chance to play (at LIDOM), but injuries prevented it. You have to understand a player’s body to know what the ideal opportunity is. This process took 20 years to play, but it’s never too late”Said the three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
The Dominican slugger also revealed that he had already thought about it from the Major League training fields and considered that now is the “perfect time.”
One of the most striking details at the baseball operations level is that Pujols himself confirmed that he did not request a change to play, in response to speculation that he did not want to act with the team that selected him in the first Rookie Draft of LIDOM in 2002, the Gigantes del Cibao.
The general manager of the Lions of the Chosen One, José Gómez Frías, stressed that there was always an intention for Pujols to be part of the Lions and added that the circumstances were given to make it happen. Junior Noboa, Dominican Republic baseball commissioner and legend of the Leones del Escogido, thanked both the Lions and the Gigantes del Cibao for “the gift they have given to the Dominican fans” of allowing Pujols to be on the pitch. in his native country.
Other aspects that drew a lot of attention is that it was not revealed for how many games or how long Pujols will be in uniform with the Lions, but he did confirm that there is a game plan that he cannot reveal and will remain a secret between the directive and him.
“I can’t say how many games right now. I have a plan, but it remains between me and the board. Remember that I have a family waiting for me in the United States. I have commitments. God first and my family. My career is the third, “concluded Pujols.