I have been thinking lots about my favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Albert Pujols lately.
Pujols and the Cardinals failed to reach an extension on his contract this week, so apparently he will test the free agent market at the end of the 2011 season.
Some might not realize Albert played college baseball. He performed at a Kansas City-based community college for one season. He put up well, Pujols-type numbers.
Still, few major league teams were interested in Pujols. The Cardinals drafted him and found a diamond.
But this tells me that college baseball is still important even junior college baseball. You never know when another Albert Pujols-type could be crushing balls in some obscure place on his way to major league stardom.
Memo to the Cardinals and Pujols: get the contact settled. I would like to see Albert stay in the same state where he played junior college baseball.