MARLINS DON’T THINK PUJOLS IS 31

> The Marlins think Albert Pujols is lying about his age, per Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald, “like a lot of teams, the Marlins believe Pujols to be older than the 31 he claims to be.”

Ugh–this again.  I don’t understand it.  Why can people not just enjy the greatest baseball player anyone alive (or maybe even dead) has ever seen?  If it’s not his age, it’s baseless steroid accusations.  Why?  Did the Steroid Era make people that skeptical of every player on every level, including his age?  Why do the Marlins think he’s lying?  If they will slap down a north-of-$175 million, nine-year contract for the guy, did they not bother to check this stuff out for themselves?  You think someone of his stature has been in the USA–as a citizen for five years now–for over 15 years under some fake identity?

“Anything people want to check, go back to the Dominican Republic and pull what they can pull,” said Adam Kilgore, Pujols’ college coach.  ”All I know is I’ve seen all the green cards and birth certificates–and his word is good enough for me.”

Me too.  Maybe in high school, when the 18-year-old who looked like he was 28 was blasting bombs out of your field, you would pout a bit about his age.  But I highly doubtnobody has gone back and checked his records; and even if they hadn’t, a Major League baseball team is capable of doing so.

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