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Glenn Beck rally: Albert Pujols, Tony La Russa scheduled to appear

Since they're in Washington for a series against the Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Manager Tony La Russa are expected to make an appearance at the Glenn Beck rally Saturday on the Mall.

La Russa, who last month drew criticism for publicly supporting Arizona's controversial immigration statute, said Thursday that he and Pujols decided to attend after being assured the event is not a political rally.

beck.jpg"I made it clear when we were approached: I said, 'If it's political, I wouldn't even approach Albert with it.' I don't want to be there if it's political," La Russa said. He and Pujols met Beck in June, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I made the point several times: What is this about?" La Russa said. "I don't know who's going to be there, who's going to accept it. But the gist of the day is not political. I think it's a really good concept, actually."

Strauss writes that part of the rally is slated to have a faith-based message, which squares with Pujols' beliefs and his Pujols Family Foundation.

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By Cindy Boren  |  August 27, 2010; 8:58 AM ET
 
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If its not political then I also weigh about 180 and have "Situationesque" abs....

We know La Russa is a hypocritical tyrant, but is Pujols this dumb?

Posted by: chrislarry | August 27, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Steroids LaRussa is worthless.

Posted by: mjwies11 | August 27, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Let's see if they actually show up ...

Posted by: Cindy Boren | August 27, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Cindy, why is it that nobody calls out MLB for holding up Jackie Robinson's legacy as an American ideal in order to make more money for themselves and then, on the other hand, take a stand that baseball should stay out of politics? Jackie Robinson would have been on the front lines of this issue. The Legacy of Jackie Robinson is not just about baseball. Selig's stand on the immigration issue in Arizona, feigned indifference, is not compatible with baseballs beatification of Mr. Robinson. Jackie Robinson is more than a marketing tool. And it is not too early to call out LaRussa for being a hack whose legacy is lying about what he knew about his players and their steroid use.

Posted by: mjwies11 | August 27, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Jackie Robinson? Seriously? Shut up. The immigration issue could be compatible with baseball on either side so please just go get tazed. Baseball is not a time for politics.

Posted by: JDP_ | August 27, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Its about as non political about as much as I am non-american....

Anyone who thinks this thing won't be political has the IQ of Forest Gump.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 27, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

It is laughable that Glenn Beck is taken seriously. Worse, that he is even mentioned in the same breath as MLK. If you compare their accomplishments, it's a joke (see what I mean here http://bit.ly/bs5DPm). In truth all Beck is doing is promoting his celebrity and his books, thus building his wealth. And the Tea Partiers? They are willing dupes to help him, and they get nothing but the deserved ridicule and derision from having a frat boy and morning zoo DJ their intellectual and spiritual leader.

Posted by: dh1976 | August 27, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Maybe someone can explain to me how the same people stating that the "Ground Zero mosque" should be built even if it offends thousands of people who believe it tarnishes the memory of an important event can oppose Beck's gathering for...being offensive and tarnishing the memory of an important event.

Oh, I get it, it's only not right when it offends YOUR sensibilities, not the unwashed neanderthals.

For those who oppose Beck's gathering (myself included, btw), think long and hard about how this makes you feel, and consider that next time you call others a bunch of names for having similar feelings about something else that maybe you support.

Posted by: Pike4 | August 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Disappointed in both Larussa & Pujols. I didn't realize they were intolerant teabaggers. Won't be watching the Cards anytime soon, I guess. Just another example of how great athletes are not necessarily great (or even good) people, & should not be held up as role models.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | August 27, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Larussa is well-educated and knows full well this is political - what else would it be moron? Wonder how Larussa would like to be stopped by law enforcement because he looked hispanic? Illegal immigration is not solved by idiotic laws like Arizona's - but by forcing employers to verify that they have hired legal citizens or legal immigrants. Repubs will never agree to that because it wouldn't let their constituents rip off illegal immigrant workers and it would drive Americans' wages up. Hate the Cards or any team he manages in the future.

Posted by: bugfun1 | August 27, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I believe Laura "I Loved Park 51 Before The Cons Told Me To Hate Park 51" Ingraham would call this a:

Shut Up and Swing Moment

for Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa.

After the Tea Baggers start the riot, though, you can be rest assured that Pujols and LaRussa will deny ever attending the Beck-A-Thon.

Or being just Two More Fools for Sister Sarah. You betcha!

Posted by: MarkinJC | August 27, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious to me that you Beck-bashers have not ever really listened to what he is saying. Why are you so angry & judgemental? When did it become "radical" to have opinions that differ? You guys on the left need to stop taking yourselves so serious & open your minds so you can hear what someone is really saying.

Posted by: vmm700 | August 27, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Do we really think that Beck and Guys like him are actually doing this for anyone besides himself. He has no real agenda, no real purpose except to see how popular he is to his fans. He hopes to show his popularity to the GOP and thus become a political player who can deliver votes. At least Sharpton does have some actual plans for his rally other than seeing how many people will show up based on his name. Whats beck going to do spend his time bashing Obama and calling him a racist? If its not political than what is the point? Is he going to sing?

Posted by: ged0386 | August 27, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I covered Tony LaRussa as a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune in the early 1980s. I thought he was an outstanding manager (not everybody in town did in those days). I thought he was a bright guy with a nice family. I liked him. For me, having him turn up at this bogus charade at the Lincoln Memorial (and characterize it as "not political') is really disappointing.

steve daley

Posted by: bikobiko | August 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

vmm700

Sorry, glen beck is a loudmouth that offers no real solutions to any of our problems we face in this country. All he does is bash our president simply because he is a democrat and black. So why should anyone take this guy seriously? What has glen beck done for you? He is not a politician, he holds no public office, he does not even use his celebrity to do anything for anyone but himself. If I am wrong please tell me something beck is doing to help others in this country besides feed into our worst qualities for ratings for his show? He nor rush have contributed anything useful to society besides getting people worked up based on party and race. Whats soo good about that? He has even got you choosing sides, dividing americans up based on left and right, white and non white. Sorry I am not impressed with this guy. He is just another loud mouth who was picked on as a kid.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 27, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What exactly is political about it, can someone please explain that to me? Oh, because Glen Beck is there? Memo to those whining about this event: Glen Beck hates Democrats AND Republicans.

MLK's niece is one of the main speakers at the event for Christ's sake. There are no elected officials taking part and there are no political signs allowed.

So again, what is political about it specifically?

Posted by: Barno1 | August 27, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

FACT: Glenn Beck says the country would be worse off with McCain as president than Obama.

So if it's going to be political, perhaps Republicans had better watch out for some more attacks from Beck.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 27, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

ged0386

Sounds like you are choosing sides and may have also suffered from some ill treatment as a child. You are buying into the overused accusation that anyone who disagrees with our President's policies is doing so because he is democratic and black - this is so old - really. I happen to believe that "this guy" is telling the truth about a lot of things going on in our country that you choose to ignore. It's about time someone got "worked up" about what is going on in Washington. You are going to wake up one day and realize the government is making all of your decisions.I have a question...what have you done for your country lately besides spew hateful opinions?

Posted by: vmm700 | August 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure Pujols is in this country legally? Sounds a little too "foreign" for a Beck rally.
So Beck pays a bunch of right-wing politicians (and ex-politicians) to speak to a bunch of right-wing supporters and hides behind a claim to help the children of fallen soldiers. Only 19% of the money raised by this org went to the kids with ??? pocketing the rest). This from a guy who "suggests" violent acts against his opponents and then says he didn't mean for people to follow through.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 27, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The only people making it political are on the left. Beck and organizers have done everything they can to be clear - it is about HONOR and GOD. No signs, no politics allowed. BRAVO to Tony and Albert for have the guts to stand up for GOD - no one on the left will!

Posted by: cujrf1 | August 27, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Of course its political La Rusa is a shittt and Pujols is a dumb jerk. A dumb latin jerk and am an immigrant also.

Posted by: hrrmar1 | August 27, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa are two typical ultra-rich, out-of-touch elitists who don't have any idea what the average person is struggling with.

They make millions. And unlike some millionaires who have a conscience and some sense of social justice, these two are isolated in a world of wealthy, country club snobs who always vote Republican and secretly snicker behind the backs of people who work for a living and have to get by on a fraction of what they and their friends make.

Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa attending a rally for Glenn Beck? A rally that some have compared to Nuremberg? A rally designed to stuff more cash in Beck's pockets while he pretends to care about the average American? The same Beck who consciously tries to develop hatred between the races, in order to enhance his own "brand" and make more money?

Shame on Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa. They represent the worst of overpaid, isolated, delusional rich people who couldn't care less about the other 95% percent of American citizens.

Posted by: snesich | September 1, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

It was so gracious of Albert Pujols to accept the MVP award on Saturday from Glenn Beck... and by MVP I mean "Most Valuable Prop"

http://thedonkeyedge.com/2010/09/02/m-v-p-most-valuable-prop/

Posted by: thedonkeyedge | September 2, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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