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Our Long National Nightmare is Over…Pujols gets his first.

posted at 8:35 pm on May 6, 2012 by

This is my first post to The Greenroom. My thanks to Ed for granting me the honor of sharing my thoughts and musings with all of you. I don’t know how many of you have been following the Albert Pujols home run (or lack thereof for that matter) saga, but Albert Pujols, the great ex-Cardinal (a team I proudly admit to be a fan of-sorry Allahpundit), has finally hit his first home run of the year. This ends a 33 game and 139 at-bat drama that consumed countless segments on ESPN and moments of my life that I will never get back.

Now some might ask why my first post at The Greenroom concerns a non-political topic such as a (seemingly) overpaid baseball player finally getting his first home run and not something more deserving of your attention. First, because Allahpundit does it too and what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Second, as a Cardinals fan, I have a morbid curiosity of how our ex-superstar performs for his new team. Finally, and more importantly, it touches upon something that is not only prevalent in the private sector, but in the government too. That is, throwing money at a problem and hoping to see improvement.

You see, the Angels hoped to walk right into the World Series by going on a free-agent shopping spree and many “experts” thought they’d be successful. Yet, as of the morning of May 6th, 2012 they stand at 11-17, good for last in the A.L. West. When it comes to government spending, you hear “experts” tell us that lots of government spending is the answer for whatever the current crisis is at the moment. Whether that be getting out of a recession or improving education, you hear we just need to invest (i.e. spend) in x and we’ll be better off. Despite these assurances, we keep spending and we get results like this.

So a word of warning to all of you out there, whenever a politician says we have to make vital investments in so and so, cast a skeptical eye.


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Throwing money at the problem was always the Angels’ downfall.

When they finally won the series in 2002, it was with the aging remnants of the tight-knit squad they built in the ’90s from the ground up.

There is no substitute for teamwork, and the Angels have always been a prime example.

cane_loader on May 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I mean, come on…. Dave Parker, Cecil Fielder… the Angels have done this before.

Pujols is younger than these guys, but he’s in danger of falling into the same abyss. I hope he shakes it off, athlete that he is.

cane_loader on May 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Well, in all fairness, Pujols is finally seeing some major league pitching night after night in the AL…

Common Sense Floridian on May 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM