So, I guess the cover “series” is a thing for Sports Illustrated now, joining the regional covers that are released in separate parts of the country.
I like the top two executions best on the passing of Stan Musial, and, as a longtime magazine collector, I prefer one definitive issue and cover photo.
Stan Musial (1920-2013) on the Sept. 5, 1949 cover of TIME magazine.
This week’s isse of Sports Illustrated features two covers. The first is the Green Bay Packers receiving corp posing with QB Aaron Rodgers. The second is Albert Pujols and Rafael Furcal embracing after the Cardinals’ World Series victory. (Packers - Robert Beck/SI; Cardinals - Al Tielemans/SI)
Albert Pujols’ entire Baseball-Reference page is astonishingly littered with black ink, but among the most staggering aspect may be his lack of presence on one particular leaderboard: Salary.
Despite finishing among the NL’s top three in MVP voting in eight of his first 10 seasons, Pujols has been among the NL’s top-10 salaried players just once, in 2006, when his $14 million take placed him ninth.
The 31-year-old Pujols is set to get paid proper this offseason, when he becomes a free agent, but he’s not exactly taking advantage of his contract year. Through 50 games, he’s batting just .267 with 8 HRs.
I’d never before seen this “from the crowd” video of Carlos Beltran taking strike three to end Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. “Noooooo!”
Adam Wainwright threw one of the sickest pitches ever in a huge spot, though it’s impossible to see from this clip. The crowd reaction is great, though.