With a long, grueling 162-game season, most major league baseball players might relish a few days off.
That was not the case for Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols, who found a way to get his work in despite being on a family trip to Georgia.According to the Savannah Morning News
, Pujols took batting practice at Benedictine (Savannah, Ga.)
on Wednesday and Thursday to stay in shape during the All-Star break. The 34-year-old slugger was in Georgia with his wife, Deidre, who was shooting a television show for her cookware product line, Pujols Kitchen.
While searching for a local facility, Pujols was referred to Benedictine by alumni and friends, including his former St. Louis Cardinals teammate and Brunswick, Ga. native, pitcher Adam Wainwright.
Under head coach Kevin Farmer, Benedictine went 32-7 this spring and won the Georgia Class AA state championship.
Pujols was thoroughly impressed with the school's facilities.
"This is a great facility. I like it a lot," Pujols said. "We didn’t have facilities like this when I was in high school. We would go in the gym, push the bleachers to the side and hit right there on the floor. This is really nice."
The Benedictine contingent was equally impressed by Pujols and his work ethic.
"That was the first time I’ve ever met a big-time baseball athlete like that," said Benedictine rising senior Chase Marini
. "It definitely inspires you because you think those guys are not human and then they come in and hit at your school. Albert Pujols did a lot of the same things that we do every day in practice."
Pujols and the Angels resume play tonight when they host the Seattle Mariners.