Jim Edmonds knows how difficult it is to hit home runs at Angel Stadium, because it was his home stadium for the first six years of his career. He also knows how good Albert Pujols is, though, from having played with him in St. Louis from 2001 to 2007.
Edmonds, the ex-All-Star outfielder, admits he was a little surprised when he returned from a three-week trip abroad and someone informed him that Pujols has yet to hit a home run with the Angels.
"I said, 'You've got to be kidding me,' " Edmonds said.
Edmonds, who was a guest in Pujols' suite at Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins, said he thinks Pujols is putting too much pressure on himself after signing a 10-year, $240 million contract to leave St. Louis and come to Anaheim.
"When you're the best hitter in baseball and you start to feel uncomfortable and you start to feel a little pressure, whether it's him or anybody, it makes it tougher," Edmonds said. "I've been in that situation."
"I just try to lend a hand when I can and be a friendly face, just kind of watch and be around for him."
Pujols has gone homerless in his first 96 at-bats this season and he was hitting .208 with five RBIs heading into Wednesday's game. On the bright side, he's in good company. Of the Top 10 players on the all-time home run list, the one with the longest homerless stretch -- 173 at-bats -- is Babe Ruth.