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Don’t hate on Pujols for taking the money and running

Dec 8, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

Albert Pujols AP

We’ll talk soon about whether it was wise for the Angels to give Albert Pujols a friggin’ quarter of a billion dollars, but for now, let’s look at this from Pujols’ perspective.

As soon as the news hit the wire I saw people — Cardinals fans mostly — starting to slam the man they’ve cheered for the past decade. Watching the tweets flow, I saw the word “greedy” thrown around. I saw people talking about how he would now be hated in St. Louis. I  saw him called “Pujol$.”  Cut it out, will ya?

This was no betrayal of the Cardinals by Albert Pujols. The Cardinals, as best can be told, never really got much higher than the bids they’ve had out for a few days. Probably ten years. $220 million at best, but some people are saying it was actually less.  The Angels came in a good $30-40 million more than the nearest bid.  How much of a hometown discount is the guy supposed to give?

The people booing this move on loyalty grounds would all switch jobs for more money in a heartbeat. Every single one of them. Pujols’ move is no different. And to suggest that he owes the Cardinals something greater — after delivering two World Series championships and nearly unprecedented excellence for 11 seasons — is nonsense.

The Angels paid the man. The Cardinals wouldn’t. It’s that simple.

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  1. cintiphil - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    OK all of you guys here it is:

    I have been all over this today as most of you. The newspapers, ESPN all of the blogs. the final story is this.

    The Cardinals are very smart. The Angels are stupid. They will never get 250-260 Mil out of Albert, and throwing in CJ, that makes is worse. I know that DeWitt is a little cheap, but he is smart enough not to throw his money away. That is why he has so much. The Angels are in a different mood, but no one but the Yankees can waste money on players. This will be a waste in three years, unless the others on the team players for MIN. To get their money back on the deals made is the issue, and I don’t think they can.

  2. buffalomafia - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    To that braves fan- didnt your team choke like the red sox?????

  3. mcfaj0dm - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    For the sour grapes Cards fans out here…. if the 30 MM difference between what the Cards offered and the Angels offered isn’t that big of difference (lifestyle, after taxes, whatever)…. then why didn’t the Cards just pony up the cash?

    Pretty simple to say Pujols should’ve forgone the extra 12%, but how come the franchise isn’t crucified for just paying that little tiny bit more and match the offer?

  4. udub - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    So why was A-Rod vilified for taking the money and running from Seattle to Texas, but now you are asking for us to not hate on Pujol$?

  5. goawayeverybody - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    I think it’s really funny how all these money-grubbing people call themselves “Christians.” Pujols is supposed to be this big-time Christian, but when all he cares about is money, you know he’s not a true Christian. It’s funny how some people think that if they speak out against gay marriage or abortion, that makes them a Christian. Mind-boggling.

  6. jbandit2116 - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Your article is trash…if we want to slam the man who left a city where he was the second coming of Stan Musial we have that right and we’ll certainly do it. It’s totally unfair to say “any of us would leave our jobs” simply for money. Maybe you’ve never had happiness and respect where you work (probably because of article like this) but some of us have and wouldn’t consider leaving where we are. He’ll never be remembered in this town the same way ever again and hopefully he’s happy being called El Chili Davis or some other bum Angels legend.

    • phillyphreak - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:57 PM

      “He’ll never be remembered in this town the same way ever again…”

      2 World Series, 1 Rookie of the Year, 3 MVPs. 11 years of being one of the if not the best 1B in baseball. I’m sure you’d trade it all for “loyalty.”

    • phillyphreak - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      And also plenty of people here respect Craig and the rest of the HBT staff. They fuel our obsession for baseball.

      If you want an article that’s not “trash” go read the StL papers or start your own blog.

  7. brianc6234 - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Didn’t the Marlins offer Pujols more money than the Angels did? That’s what I heard. If that’s true it proves it wasn’t about the money. The Marlins wouldn’t offer a no trade clause. Pujols wanted the best offer for him. The Angels gave him the no trade clause and the money he wanted. As an Angels fan I think it’s great. Now we don’t have to hear we need a big bat. Oh, wait, I bet we still will. It gets tiring hearing that year after year.

  8. saintsfire - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    After taxes thats 125 mil in california + it costs way more to live in Southern California than St.louis.

    The weather in Cali will be better for Pujos and good luck to him, those guys that squat down in the box tend to wear out from the strain and his stance is a squat stance.

    Being in the A.L. they can always give him some rest from 1b and slot him at D.H. but Pujos won’t will probally dictate he will be playing a full 9 on both sides of the ball.

    Really watching Pujos at bat is a wonder, he makes batting look so effortless.

    Phat Albert has been a delight and a torment, and here’s to him fulfilling that contract, looking forward to hopefully seeing another 10 years of Pujos wreaking havok.

    Poor Dodgers after years of Anheim wrecking them in interleague they finally turned the tables in 2011 now they have to contend with 2012 and “El Hombre”

    Incidentally Pujos doesn’t like being referred to as “El Hombre” shucking off any comparisions to “Stan the Man” Musial.

    Pujos was a humble role model, charitable in his time in S.Louis with the only exception of 2011.
    After a slow start in 2011, Pujos certainly jabbed the media back several times. After he heated up later in the season he was found to be correct and the press not so much so. There was easily discernible tension over the pending free agency and no one needed a sleuth in the press to figure that one out.

    I’m from the midwest, we read the St. Louis post dispatch daily, and have done so for decades.
    Not a Cardinals or Cubs fan, but their organization, fans and Mr. Pujos have always deserved a tip of the hat.

    Spring training is what 3 months away?

    • saintsfire - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      P u j o l s
      sorry sleep overdue

  9. buffalomafia - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    St Louis fans quit crying that Pujols left for more money! Get used to being in last place now!

  10. serbingood - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    A-Rod should be giving Albert a big wet kiss and send him a Mercedes. A-Rod is no longer the highest paid player in MLB and therefore the heat is off him and now on King Albert. He’ll have a couple of good years like A-Rod and then injuries and age will make his value and talents decline, just like A-Rod.

    Thank you Angels. With the pressure off A-Rod maybe he can have a few good years in peace and quiet without excess press pressure.

  11. bluesfan58 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Bryan Burwell of the Post-Dispatch wrote a good article this morning, questioning the Cardinals’ front office approach to the negotiations. I agree that they could have and should have tried harder to lock AP up a year or two ago. Quite frankly, I think AP felt disrespected by the approach taken, and it seems very clear now that he wanted out (barring a last-minute $300m deal from STL) to make a point. He has already had a full-page “letter to the fans” printed in the Post-Dispatch this morning, thanking them and saying good-bye. That had to have been prepared some time ago in anticipation of his move somewhere different, and was ready to go on a moment’s notice (Lozano probably e-mailed it to the paper the minute AP agreed to terms with the Angels) — a final slap in Mozeliak’s face. As a Cardinal fan, I will miss Albert (as we all will for probably the next 2-3 seasons), but the front office will quickly regain our respect if they use some of the money saved on Albert and re-invest that in the team by seeking some other quality free agents.

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