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Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 1:39 pm
Albert Pujols
Years ago, desperate for an item to fill a baseball notebook, I threw in some quotes about players' thoughts on the upcoming presidential election. A large majority of ballplayers are Republicans, because many of them are one-issue voters (they have lots of money and wish to keep as much of it as possible).

I came to regret writing that, because I got so much response from people who were really depressed by it. "I really like rooting for these guys, but now that I know they think (whatever), it makes it hard. It's ruined my enjoyment of those players. I wish I'd never read that."

People don't want to mix their sports with their politics. They are two deeply divisive issues that just don't mix. Which is why it's a terrible idea for Cardinals star Albert Pujols and manager Tony La Russa to appear at Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck's highly controversial rally Saturday in Washington.

The rally might or might not purposely be planned for the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech (Beck says it's a coincidence), but it's taking place at the same location. The "Restore Honor Rally" is being touted as a non-political event to "celebrate the First Amendment" and honor troops, but the speakers are ultraconservative lightning rods like Beck and Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party is busing people there.

"I made it clear when we were approached: I said, 'If it's political, I wouldn't even approach Albert with it.' I don't want to be there if it's political," La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Yo, Tony -- it's political, and if that's not obvious to you, you're not paying close enough attention. And if you're not paying close enough attention, you shouldn't be associating your name with it.

La Russa's already well-known as kind of a weirdo, but it's Pujols who has the most to lose here. Obviously he's his own man and has the right to have and express whatever political and personal opinions he wants. But people in this country are rabid about politics these days and don't want to mix it with their sports fandom (for proof, you need only to look at the comments section of the Post-Dispatch story).

It wouldn't matter whether he were appearing at the "Restore Honor Rally" or an equally hot-button liberal event. The point is that Pujols is going to risk alienating half his fan base, and it's a bad idea.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:18 pm

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

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Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:52 pm

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

This is what you should be writing about: This is what is wrong with our Country.

Janice Dickinson slammed Lady Gaga for glamorizing drugs to her young fans after Gaga told Vanity Fair that she occasionally does cocaine. "As a recovering addict who knows how dangerous occasional use is, I can think of no reason for Gaga to reveal this to her young audience," Dickinson told Life & Style. "She is a f-ing idiot.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:08 am

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

Now that the rally has occured, it would be nice to see the author of this post react......oh wait....he didn't watch the rally and didn't learn anything......sigh

Still think Pujols lost half his fan base? He recieved an award for his charity.......

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 5:05 pm

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

As the person that started this thread, I am thrilled to see so many people speak up. For too long, we have failed to hold journalists (whether sports or news) accountable for their undeniable bias. They hold a special place in our society as those responsible for holding people in power accountable and they have turned into the proverbial "fox guarding the henhouse."

I had no intention of watching Beck's rally until I read Andriesen's article and responded. So, I DVRd the event on CSPAN and watched it in its entirety last night.  It was unbelievably apolitical and non-controversial. Andriesen was blatantly wrong. God and honor was the theme, not politics. Andriesen does not owe us an apology, he owes one to Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, both of whom acted with class and dignity. They said, for that matter neither did any of the speakers, absolutely nothing that one could take offense to unless they had a motive for taking offense.

I believe that Mr. Andriesen had such a motive. Does anyone believe for a minute that he would have written the same article if Pujols was receiving an awards from Planned Parenthood or The Center for American Progress?

Mr. Andriesen and the rest of you. We are on to you and we surround you...

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:09 am

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

DA, I think you owe us all an apology.  Not one person agrees with you and it's quite clear what your intentions were.
We all wait...............................


Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:36 pm

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

Your right David, Albert made a terrible decision.....................doesn't look like you have many supports bud, maybe you should make up some fake supports for yourself so you can be more like mainstream media.  Don't just write articles about what you feel what will sell, follow Albert and do what you feel is right....... wire reports

Aug. 28, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Baseball star , of the , says he's honored and humbled after receiving an award for his off-field charitable work during Glenn Beck's rally in Washington.

Pujols says he thanks God for giving him a platform through a high-profile career -- and says that allows him to be more than just being a player.

Pujols has set up a foundation that helps people with Down syndrome and assist the poor in the Dominican Republic.

Pujols' manager, Tony LaRussa, says heroes often are seen as products of movies, television and fiction books, but there are real-life ones.

LaRussa says Pujols has had amazing accomplishments in baseball, but what makes him so special is his commitment to his family, faith and community.

Since: Aug 28, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2010 10:10 am

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

Andriesen is no doubt infected with the predictable Journalism 101 plague -- high fever and confusion about objective reporting versus mind-bending words of liberal wisdom.  The truth is Pujols is a gd hero!  Our country is at the edge of a world-changing, nation-destroying precipice and it's time we all stood up!   It's not Pujols who has the most to lose.  It is the people of the United States of America who NEED HEROES TO STAND UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.  La Russa a weirdo?  Being innovative and successful makes him a weirdo?  THAT USED TO BE CELEBRATED IN THE USA.  But not by the likes of Andriesen.

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2010 10:08 pm

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

What do you mean there is no mention of anything political? Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are the big speakers and the fact that Tea Party organizers are drumming up huge support. I get that you are terribly eager to bash "liberal writers," but you blow your point by making such a giant misstatement.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2010 8:33 pm

Pujols, La Russa to appear at controversial rally

My stance on the mosque at Ground Zero is ... if it makes moronic people upset, please let the building commence immediately!!

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