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And even more so when you consider how often manager La Russa moved him around defensively. In the season’s first half, Pujols played 46 games at third base, 14 in right field, 13 at first base, six in left field, and two as a designated hitter. That Pujols could maintain his concentration as a batter with all these moves and with all the media attention he was receiving is a testament to his ability to focus on what is important to him—playing the game to the best of his abilities. 500 ball. The team caught fire in the second half of the season, entering the pennant race with a 20–10 record in the month of August.

Just the little things you can’t teach that made him a special player. ” Moving Up Mark Buehrle, playing here in 2002 against the Minnesota Twins, is an all-star pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. Buehrle was the opposing pitcher in Pujols’s first game at Maple Woods Community College, and Pujols had a great start—he hit a grand slam off Buehrle. Propelled by Pujols’s hitting, the Centaurs went to the regional National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship but fell just one game short of making the trip to the national World Series.

Louis, Deidre said that, even before receiving the diagnosis from her doctor, God had told her that her daughter would be a special-needs baby. “I heard Him; I mean, He told me she had Down syndrome. I was very emotional. ” Isabella, though, was Deidre’s child and her responsibility. It is easy to imagine Deidre’s feelings as she watched Moving Up Albert read the pamphlets about Down syndrome. Raising a child with Down syndrome is a challenge for any parent. It would have been very easy for Albert to just walk away from the relationship.

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