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Albert Pujols says Cardinals need to find a way to get Colby Rasmus "out of here"

Sep 5, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

Things are turning sour quickly in St. Louis, and not just in the National League Central standings. Prompted with the report that 24-year-old center fielder Colby Rasmus asked for a trade earlier this season, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols told Jeff Passan...

Things are turning sour quickly in St. Louis, and not just in the National League Central standings.

Prompted with the report that 24-year-old center fielder Colby Rasmus asked for a trade earlier this season, Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday, “We need to figure out a way to get him out of here.”

“That’ll
show you right there a young player that doesn’t respect what he’s got,” Pujols continued.
“He needs to find out the talent and ability that he has
and pretty much keep his mouth shut and play the game. Let the organization make those decisions, not himself.

It’s not surprising whatsoever that Pujols is siding with Tony La Russa, who has served as his only major league manager.  The two seem to have similar belief systems and Pujols, with his quiet and hard-working approach, isn’t the type of guy that is going to take kindly to a young player requesting a trade.

But Pujols lives in a bubble.  He has no concept of Rasmus’ value to the future of the Cardinals and probably hasn’t thought about the fact that the Redbirds need low-salary players to cover his own looming extension, which may prove to be the richest contract in the history of baseball. 

It’s upsetting that Pujols decided to go public with his thoughts, but it’s apparent that the Cardinals now must consider their superstar’s feelings when deciding how to best solve this suddenly volcanic matter.  Would firing La Russa rub Pujols the wrong way and cause him to test free agency?  Might it be time for the Cards to actually explore a deal for Rasmus? 

Whatever the case, this won’t end well.

  1. Glenn - Sep 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    This is a joke right? Some sort of comic satire?

  2. wetmybeak - Sep 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    They say pitching is 75% of the game. I have a suggestion. Trade Pujols for some pitching and avoid paying him A-Rod money and rid the team of the stigma of supporting crazy, religious, racist, right wing nuts. Get rid of LaRussa too. If he attended a Glenn Beck rally, I suspect he may be sympathetic to Beck’s brand of lunacy.

  3. Sam Lee - Sep 6, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Does anyone whine as much as the fascist conservatives. That’s the core of their existence. Beck is a hustler getting in on the action. He’s not honest or particularly intelligent. Its just more of the same RNC talking points for drooling simpletons. If the RNC takes power in September what does that mean for you? Higher taxes and they can finally nuke Iran for not being obedient.

  4. MikeB. - Sep 8, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    For your information Albert dose worry about his Performance! Albert dose have a right to his opinions about Rasmus. Colby should just concentrait on his hitting and fielding and not all the other stuff! If Rasmus want out of here then maybe he should get out of here next year who knows? Albert and Tony had a right to go to Genn Beck’s rally while our team was in Washington and I’m glad they did. Stop ripping Genn Beck! Glenn tell it like it is and if you can’t handle it then sorry but to bad! In my opinion the only lunies out there are you! Also stop ripping Albert! As I said he had the right to go to Glenn’s rally and as I said I am glad he did. I am also glad Glenn gave him an award for his belief in God as well. Finally I to agree with Glenn Beck as well and as I said if you can’t handle it then sorry but to bad because like I also said Glenn is telling it like it is!

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