has opened himself back up to the media in recent weeks, first with a Sports Illustrated profile
earlier this month, and out today, a sports section cover story in USA Today
The profile of the slugger covers the regular bases -- his devotion to
God, the poor in his native Dominican Republic, his generous support
for children with disabilities and the "black cloud" of steroids that
hangs over major league baseball.
The most conspicuous connection between Pujols and steroids is the now-infamous "leaked" version of the Mitchell Report
that incorrectly included Pujols' name as a steroid-user.
erroneous version of the Mitchell Report -- reported on hours before
the real McCoy came out -- included Pujols. This was all reported as
fact by at least one TV station in town, and and mentioned by this paper
In the profile of Pujols out today, the slugger recalls that experience, as told by reporter Mel Antonen:
is still steamed that he and his son, A.J., then 6, watched an
erroneous report from a St. Louis TV station that said he had been
named in the report hours before its release.
That TV station, as you might remember, was KTVI
(Fox 2.) El Hombre
certainly didn't forget -- he then memorably banned reporters
from the station from a press conference.
Although the USA Today
story feels like an abbreviated newspaper version of a longer profile in Sports Illustrated
it does provide new anecdotes about his early life, in addition to the
now familiar stories of Pujols' very modest upbringing in the Dominican
Republic. Read the full profile here.