Albert Pujols probably could have settled for being disliked in San Diego simply by being the best player on a team that tends to beat up on the Padres and provide much of the St. Louis Cardinals' offensive force that would crush the hopes and dreams of Padres fans. His numbers against the Padres are as good or better than against any other NL foe. However, he was not satisfied with that.
- July 13, 2003: He was plunked by an Adam Eaton curveball and got angry. Padres catcher Gary Bennett kept him from charging the mound so Albert took a swing at him.
- May 21, 2008: He hit an infield single off of Chris Young's face when he hit a line-drive that broke CY's nose, and forced him to miss most of the season. Later, in the same inning, Pujols came around to score and send catcher Josh Bard to the disabled list in a collision at home plate when he slid cleat-first into Bard's ankle.
- August 23, 2009: Took offense some some rather benign contact from Will Venable's elbow on a play at first base. The benches cleared and people took sides as to whether Pujols was overreacting or if the Padres rookie really has some malicious intent.
Pujols Crushing Hopes and Dreams
- September 27, 2006 - Pujols hit a game-winning 3 run home run off of Cla Meredith at a time when the Padres grasp of first place in the NL West was very tenuous.
- October 3, 2006 - In Game 1 of the NLDS, Pujols hit a two run home run off of Jake Peavy for the first runs of the game.
- ↑ NATIONAL LEAGUE: ROUNDUP; Pujols Among 4 Ejected In Bench-Clearing Brawl
- ↑ A closer look at the carnage
- ↑ 8/23/2009 Video
- ↑ Padres lose to Cardinals 5-2, Albert Pujols gets super mad
- ↑ September 27, 2006 San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Play by Play and Box Score
- ↑ Don't jump
- ↑ October 3, 2006 National League Division Series (NLDS) Game 1, Cardinals at Padres