“If you would’ve asked me this 20 years ago, I would’ve told you that I thought it was about me.”
Albert Pujols grew up watching his father play softball in the Dominican Republic. He would sit next to him on the team bus travelling from town to town pitching for the local team. But never did Albert dream that, one day, he would find himself rising to become one of Major League Baseball’s greatest players.
Drafted 402nd in the thirteenth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, he doubted whether baseball would even be in his future. People said he wouldn’t make it, that he would end his career in the minors. But after only a year in the farm leagues, Albert embarked on a storied career with the St. Louis Cardinals. The nine time MLB All-Star became the only player in history to produce 30 homeruns and 100 RBI’s each year for the first ten years of his career and was elected Player of the Year three times.
Along the way, he discovered something much more important than winning two Gold Glove Awards or the Player of the Decade Award by Sports Illustrated. Albert found the answer to the question he now asks everyone he meets at first base: What is the most important thing in life?