I guess it beats steak knives

I got somethin’ for you! This watch I got here was first purchased by your great-granddaddy. It was bought during the First World War in a little general store in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was bought by private Doughboy Erine Coolidge the day he set sail for Paris . . .

Albert Pujols could show off a new watch and a lower back bruise Monday. He was proud of the first and understanding of the second.

Pujols earned his ninth NL Player of the Week Award of a nine-year career Monday. He received the timepiece in return for hitting .450 (nine for 20) with three home runs, 11 RBIs, seven runs scored and three stolen bases. Pujols, still impressed by such recognition, will receive a specially engraved watch as part of the award. It will go into a trophy case next to his eight other timepieces.

“I think the same of each one,” Pujols said of the awards. “I want to win one this week again.”

I find it astounding that Albert Pujols has only been named Player of the Week nine times in nine years. As La Russa says in the article, he could have been named 19 times. I also find it odd that they give gold watches for Player of the Week awards, but as I sit and think about it, I’m not sure what else they could give.

Loving cup? No one gives out loving cups anymore.

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  1. Vin said...

    Why don’t they donate the whatever they’re spending on watches to a charity of each player’s choice? I’m usually not one of those “ballplayers make too much money” people – hell, if I could pull in $20 million a year, I would. But when you’re making THAT much money, there’s something egregiously superfluous about such freebies. Albert Pujols can easily afford to buy his own watch, or nine.

  2. RoyceTheBaseballHack said...

    Well, double dang. They don’t even say what kind of watch it is.  Not sure how many watch geeks there are on Shysterball, but I for one want to know if it’s a Casio, or something cool like an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

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