The attention Albert Pujols doesn't want

Enigmatic Cardinals slugger reluctantly sits at Series epicenter as free agency looms

Updated: October 25, 2011, 4:28 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Either one or two games remain in the 2011 baseball season, one or both of which will be played in St. Louis, one or both of which will carry the wrenching tensions that have defined this energizing and surprising World Series. And most importantly, for all the thrills and excitement of true October baseball, they will also carry the specter of the unspeakable: the nervous reality that Albert Pujols may have 48 hours or less left in his career as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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