“I don't get caught up into those memories. It's a new season. Hopefully, we can make new memories. You don't get caught up in that stuff. You have to make sure that you move on.”

“Now I'm an Angel. It was something it took me maybe two or three weeks, and then it was time to get ready for spring training and get my work done and come down here and get prepared for the season.”

“Everybody's hungry, including myself. This year is a new year, and your mission, your goal is to try and be in the postseason … They can never erase that championship trophy knowing you were the champion. It's a great feeling. Hopefully, we can repeat that.”

“A lot of people said I could be a good player. I just wanted the opportunity to show it. I just let it happen.”

“I’m a really smart player. If you tell me something, I get it quickly. If there is something wrong with my hitting, tell me what’s wrong and I’ll pick it up right away. That’s the best thing I have going for me, my ability to listen to a coach and fix what I’m doing wrong.”

“There is no pressure. I just concentrate and do the best I can. I try to do my best every day and help the team win any way I can.”

“I try to spend as much time as possible with God and my family. That’s more important than anything I’m doing in baseball.”

“I don’t think there’s anything out there I can be afraid of.”

“I don’t know why people say I’m not supposed to be doing what I’m doing. I’m just trying to do my job. I’m blessed, and I’m glad that I’m blessed.”

“I want to be in the lineup every day. Playing anywhere is better than playing the bench.”

“It’s pretty crazy, really, everything happening so quick. You just don’t think about it while it’s happening. It’s just God blessing me with the gift of staying healthy.”

“What motivates me more than money are God and my family.”

“You know your talent. You know if you work hard, your hard work is going to pay off one day.”

“It’s not what you did last year. It’s what you’re going to do this year. That’s more important.”

“We’ve got the best fans in St. Louis. A lot of people want to come and play in St. Louis because of the way the fans treat us.”

“In my heart and mind, I know I can hit anybody. I’m always relaxed. It’s hard to explain. It’s like playing with my kids. It feels natural.”

”I don’t care if I hit .270. If we win the World Series, I’m great, because that’s what I want."

"I don’t want t be compared with Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, any of those guys—talk to me about this year and what I can do this year to help my team out, and go to the World Series or make it to the playoffs."

"I don’t want to be too stiff, because then my hands won’t be as quick."

"I trust that I can hit a fastball, that I can hit any pitch they throw to me."

"I never take things for granted. I always look to help out me teammates, to win and be better."

"What I lose today I can’t make up tomorrow. I have to do it today."

"I don’t play for records."

"It takes a lot of hard work for the Pujols Family Foundation, but it comes from our heart."

"At the end of the day, when all is said and done playing this game ... it doesn't matter what you did in the field, it's what you do off the field and the lives that you touch off the field."

"Every year it gets tougher and tougher. Mentally and physically. That's why you need to train and prepare."

“There's three things that as a professional athlete you want. You want to get to the big leagues, and I accomplished that. Winning a World Series ring, I got that. And then getting to the Hall of Fame. That's everybody's dream. Every athlete, they want to be up there in the Hall of Fame, mentioned with the greatest players to ever play this game.”

“I hope by the time that I'm done in this game, I can have half the numbers Stan Musial had in his career.”

“It doesn't matter the numbers, it doesn't matter the records, it doesn't matter the money that you make. What matters is to raise that trophy and to be able to bring that smile to the city of St. Louis.”

“I'm going to be prayerful about it. Whatever decision I make hopefully is the best decision I can make for my family and the fans and everybody.”

“I didn’t walk into the ballpark today thinking that I was going to have a night like this. I walked to the ballpark with the attitude that I have every day, to help this ball club to win.”

“Hopefully, at the end of my career, I can look back and say, 'Wow, what a game it was in Game 3 in 2011.'”



Albert Pujols,
2011 Donruss Elite

 

 


Albert Pujols,
2011 The Sporting News

 

 


Albert Pujols,
2006 Sports Illustrated

 

 


Albert Pujols,
2002 Diamond Kings

 

 


Albert Pujols, 2002 Flair

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