I have always said sports and politics don’t mix. I have always known that the last thing sports fans want is to see a bunch of politicians shilling for votes at games. So I’ve always understood when they get booed. The way I see it, those elected officials who turn up on the field deserve to get booed. So you can understand why I have real mixed emotions about today.
When the Albert Pujols Foundation called and asked me to participate in honoring their work today at the game, I took a deep breath. Albert Pujols is special by any definition. I’m incredibly honored that he would ask me to participate in anything. As George Will pointed out to me not long ago, I’m very lucky to be seeing him play. George went on to say “I believe that Albert Pujols will replace Lou Gehrig at first base on the All Time All-Star baseball team.”
But frankly, while I’m in awe of his skill, I’m really a big fan of his character. He is a role model for values and his foundation does great work. He and his wife Deidre think giving back to the community is as natural as breathing. I’m really looking forward to being with them today, even if it breaks my self imposed rule of never appearing on the field at a sporting event. Honoring their work is worth some booing. So if you’re at the game today boo to your hearts content at me, but make sure you cheer your hardest for the Pujols family and what they do for St Louis.