Pujols: Test Me Every Day, and I'll Pay Team Back if Caught
All-Star rips 'guilt by association' with A-Rod
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2009 7:15 PM CDT
Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks during a news conference today in St. Louis.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – All-Star Albert Pujols is miffed over suggestions his latest enormously productive season comes thanks to drugs, USA Today reports, and says he’ll submit to testing every day—and pay the St. Louis Cardinals back if one comes back positive. “I can understand people being disappointed with A-Rod and Manny” Ramirez, Pujols said today. “Just because A-Rod made a mistake, now I have to pay? Oh, guilt by association? That’s wrong.”

“Come test me every day if you want,” said the 29-year-old first baseman, who’s scheduled to start tomorrow’s Midsummer Classic in his home park. “Everything I ever made in this game I would give back to the Cardinals if I got caught.” Pujols has 32 home runs at the break, most since Barry Bonds (39) and Luis Gonzalez (35) in 2001.