Book Review: PUJOLS: MORE THAN THE GAME
Being a lifelong baseball fan, being married to a Sports newspaper editor, and being a Christian, I was excited to be able to read about one of the best baseball players of our time- Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols: More Than the Game by Scott Lamb and Time Wellsworth chronicles the baseball career and the path to Christianity taken by Pujols. It highlights Pujols' upbringing in the Dominican Republic to playing in high school to one season of college baseball to being picked in the 14th round of the MLB draft to spending one season in the minors and finally to his first 10 seasons in the major leagues. Throughout it all Pujols, along with his wife Dee Dee hold true to the belief that God is behind every achievement that Pujols has and everything, the good and the challenging in their life.
While it was an inspirational read of a man who definitely holds to a God-centered life, the writing and inclusion of millions of stats was distracting. In my opinion there was way too much emphasis placed on statistics in this book and individual accolades of Pujols. While I understood more of why he is a great baseball player due to to these stats, I came away from reading this with no greater understanding of Pujols ' individuality. In actuality, while I commend his belief in his God-given abilities, I found the portrayal of him to be cocky and arrogant.
If you love baseball or the St. Louis Cardinals, you will probably enjoy this book. If you are looking for a story about the "everyday" life of a Christian baseball player I would recommend looking elsewhere.
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