Sunday, February 13, 2011
Review: Pujols More Than the Game
Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth (who lives in the same town I do! I was pleasantly surprised to see that on the back flap) have done an excellent job of summarizing the life and career of Albert Pujols. Reading this book will give you much insight in Pujols, a St Louis Cardinals player. Fortunately this isn't the tail of your everyday modern athlete. Pujols is well known not only for his remarkable baseball talent but also for his pursuit of living for Jesus. Lamb and Ellsworth give page after page of positive information on a positive player. Pujols knows that baseball is just his platform for sharing the love of Jesus. He and his wife Deidre have created the Pujols Family Foundation. PFF provides support to orphanages and other programs in the Dominican Republic, Pujols birthplace, and to Downs Syndrome programs, they have a child with Downs.
This book follows Pujols from his birth in the DR to school in the United States to his time in the minor leagues to his beginning as a Redbird. There are a lot of numbers in the book. Baseball is a numbers and stats game. There is also a lot of information about Pujols beliefs and Christian foundation. I was glad to read this book about a player that I can teach my kids about. A player that means something when he points a finger to the sky after every home run he scores. A player that is trying his best to live his life above reproach. Not because it looks good for himself, but because it gives a life testiment to Christ.
Often compared to great baseball legends, Pujols natural ability is rare. He is well known as a hard worker, a team leader, and a great person both on the diamond and off. Pujols has visited fans injured at games in the hospital. Not many major leaguers would take that time. He hosts several Down Syndrome events each year and he attends each of them. Not as a speaker to rush out the back door when the speech is done, but as an attendee to mingle with the crowd (although I'm sure he does speak at most of them). He has a loving relationship with his wife and children. He is well respected by fellow players and rival team members. Pujols is a breath of fresh air in a time of spoiled and tacky celebs and athletes.
If you are in the mood for a great sports story, amazing stats, and even more amazing personal stories of a Christian, this is the one for you!
I received this book from booksneeze.com at no cost for the purpose of this review. The review is my personal opinion.