07/08/08 7:29 PM ET
Pujols savoring seventh All-Star berth
First baseman planning on soaking up trip to Yankee Stadium
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Pujols said on Tuesday that he's as excited about his seventh All-Star selection as he was his first. And when he goes to New York at the end of the Cardinals' current road trip, he's going to soak up as much of the experience as he can.
"It's a big deal, the last year at Yankee Stadium," Pujols said. "There's so much history, so many championships, so many Hall of Famers have worn that uniform. The last time I was out there, in 2003, I didn't get to see too much of Yankee Stadium, by the warning track and the outfield, because it was raining.
"I'm pretty sure next week is going to be crazy, but I'm going to have the opportunity, hopefully, to try to go out there and walk around and experience a little bit more of Yankee Stadium."
Pujols said he's even open to the possibility of participating in the Home Run Derby, though he doesn't expect to be invited.
"I haven't gotten a call," he said. "Last year they [invited me] when I was on the plane flying with Tony [La Russa]. It was very much an emergency. I think they're waiting to see if David Wright wins the vote. If he does, I think they're going to ask him, being from New York and everything. [But] I wouldn't mind. It doesn't bother me."
Pujols is making his sixth consecutive trip to the All-Star Game, and seventh in his eight big league seasons. Some players may grow weary of the experience, but Pujols relishes every chance to participate.
"Of course it's a big deal," he said. "It's always an honor to be an All-Star. A lot of people say it gets old. To me, it doesn't get old. It's how you get [rewarded] for your offseason training. During the season, that's how you get rewarded for your first half, being on the All-Star team. I take every one like my first one. I enjoy it. I do as much as I can."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.