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Steve Lopez: Albert Pujols' $254 million is about buying a championship

Albert Pujols

Lopez Laments -- Top 5 Irritants (at this moment).

Steve LopezAlbert Pujols –- Along with new pitcher C.J. Wilson, the Angels committed $331 million to two players ($254 million for first-baseman Pujols, $77.5 million for Wilson) in one day. Isn’t this the kind of blatant attempt to buy a championship that makes us hate the Yankees?

Twitter seats at concerts –- In which spectators can Tweet about the performance, even if it means missing part of the concert. Senior citizens who wish to write long-hand letters about the performance will be seated in a nearby section.

$1.2 million for getting fired –- That was the deal given to ousted L.A. Housing Authority boss Rudy Montiel. At City Hall, one of Antonio Villaraigosa’s deputies says the mayor knew nothing, while another says he did. Is the problem too many deputies, or no sheriff?

Alec Baldwin -– Yeah, so he got a little ticked off on that American Airlines plane, and we know he has a temper because of the names he called his daughter a few years ago. But should a TV star really have to turn off electronic devices in first class, where they’ve made flying so inelegant? How could those flight attendants be such rude, thoughtless little pigs?

Corporate taxes -– Budget-strapped California lost millions in revenue because so many corporations, such as Intel and McKesson, found clever ways to pay little or no income taxes between 2008 and 2010. But Californians will get even one day. With cuts to schools and libraries, we’ll be too unskilled to hire and too poor to shop, and then who will the dummies be?

 -- Steve Lopez

Photo: Albert Pujols celebrates after the St. Louis Cardinals' victory over the Texas Rangers in the World Series on Oct. 29. Pujols signed with the Angels for $254 million. Credit: Jeff Haynes / Reuters

 
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