I should have known better than to drop a hint like that without linking it or explaining.
Anyway, early in Spring Training, there was a 'Baseball Weekly' sidebar in the National Post (one of Canada's National Newspapers). Unlike the Toronto Sun, it's a very reputable publication and they tend to be the best source for baseball news.
Long story short, there was a tidbit about how Pujols showed up to ST noticably 'smaller' than the previous seasons and La Russa was getting grilled about it. At the time, it was a red flag for me, but with him tearing the cover off the ball this pre-season, it's no longer a concern.
Besides, it will likely help him with his plantar fascitis. Also, he's on the cover of Men's Health this month and talks about how 'he carries a little more fat than some' to help with his strength and power. He likely trimmed down over the off season and then he puts weight on as the season progresses, which he also talks about in the short write-up.
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