Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Angel as a Guardian: Pujols Keeps Commitment to Children with Down Syndrome

Pitchers and catchers have reported to Spring training and that means the coming of my favorite season. Who cares if my N.Y. Mets will be dismal, hope is always in the air at this time of year.

Pujols as an Angel
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Baseball is a game of endless numbers and statistics, but here's a line you've probably never seen before: From May 2005 through last May, Albert Pujols hit .527 (39 for 74) in 22 games, with 12 homers and 25 runs batted in, following events in which he interacted with people with Down syndrome.
"It uplifts the kids, but I think it uplifts Albert even more," said Todd Perry, the Pujols Family Foundation chief executive who researched those numbers. "It's amazing how good he plays when he's around these kids."
Pujols, the former St. Louis Cardinals star who signed a 10-year, $240-million deal with the Angels in December, is around one of those youngsters all the time.
The oldest of his four children, Isabella, 14, has Down syndrome. She was a toddler when Pujols adopted her after marrying her mother, the former Deidre Corona, in 2000.
"From the moment he met her," Deidre has said, "she stole his heart."

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