This is a lot to put on one guy, but this is what I hope Albert Pujols does:
1. I hope he breaks the single-season home run record. Yeah, I know, he's not quite on record-setting pace this year, but once you get to 30 home runs before the All-Star break anything can happen.
2. I hope he sets the career home run record. I'm sick of losers like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez -- yes, you can be rich, famous, talented and still be a loser -- owning all the milestone marks.
3. I hope he remains as clean and as principled a guy as he seems to be. Yes, that matters to me. I don't like it when people say they don't care anymore whether someone is using PEDs or not, that they're beyond that. Well, I'm not beyond that. And I don't think anyone should be beyond that. I think we're in terrible shape if we do get beyond it.
So, that's all I'm asking of you, Albert. Do you think you can go down in history as the best hitter of all-time and remain a good guy who played the game without a medicinal performance boost?
We're counting on you. Or at least I am. No pressure.