Before I begin this post I should make two admissions: (1) the All-Star game in every sport is generally a stupid, boring exhibition, (2) I didn’t watch the MLB all-star game last night. Regardless of both of these facts any time I play a game I play to win the game and in general I think that most professional athletes and managers are even more competitive than I am. This is what makes La Russa’s decision not to pinch hit Albert Pujols with the bases loaded and the NL team down 5-4 in the 9th inning unacceptable. It says a few a things about La Russa not the least significant of which is that he may not have faith in the player that he managed to a World Championship last year. Pujols has every right to be upset by being left on the bench he is one of the best clutch hitters in baseball and really should have been put into the game. The intimidation that he brings to the plate alone would have altered the way that the pitcher faced him. While I don’t mean any disrespect to Aaron Rowand, the player who poped up to end the game, he simply isn’t the monster that Pujols has proven himself to be over the last 6 years. I guess that this is just another example of La Russa falling asleep at the wheel.