Perhaps buoyed by his Saturday
receipt of the Hope Award for his humanitarian efforts at the "Restoring Honor" rally in
After a long discussion explaining his participation in the rally, during which he made it clear that he saw the event as extension of his service to God, the question of his chase of the Triple Crown came up.
"I don't want to talk about it," was Pujols quick reply.
For the next ten to fifteen minutes, he then did talk about it. More accurately, he talked about not talking about it. Never once did Pujols utter the words "Triple Crown." Following are some of his comments:
"My job is to help the team win."
(The Triple Crown is) "Not my focus."
"Let it happen."
"Not what I play for (the numbers)."
"At the end of my career, I can look back and savor it, but not now."
"That is your job (sportswriters) to compare me to others."
"Don't think I don't care."
"It is not the time with the club fighting for wins. I don't want to disrespect my teammates."
"I am not the kind of player who thinks about numbers. We know players like that."
"You will see twice as many perfect games and inside the park home runs (than Triple Crown winners)."
"Mentally you have to be so strong. When you are close, people are on top of you wanting to talk about it."
"I don't want to think about it. I don't want to put pressure on me."
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