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Albert Pujols took out newspaper ad to thank Cardinal Nation

Dec 9, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

Albert Pujols purchased a full-page ad in the St. Louis Post Dispatch today to thank “the city of St. Louis and Cardinal Nation”:

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  1. cintiphil - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Good night. I hear my steak calling at the restaurant.

  2. Cowboys Blue - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Dear Slaves of the Cards,

    15 years from now you will be buying my retro Cards jersey at maxium price.

    Signed,

    Thank You for all my riches and putting my children in superior Colleges, while most of you live in small amenties.

  3. foodstamp69 - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    all u guys need to quit complaining ill trade with ya u can come to milwaukee n watch every good player besides robin yount bolt outta town first chance they get n for wat MORE MONEY. get over it. its a buisness. u dont c many players stick around anymore for less money

    • Tick - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      No s#!t. Try being an A’s fan, you spoiled babies.

  4. bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    STHU, all you crybabies.

    Life goes on.

    Find Pujols’ replacement and that will be the best revenge.

  5. marlinman15 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Just get off your high horse u would have made the same decision in the same situation ok you know what this isn’t complete now you need your gm to reflect the classlessness of the fans by vowing Albert won’t win a title in LA before the cards win again he gave his 10 BEST years ok? If anything people should be applauding his class because we could have had an ESPN special or something like that so just stop being so self righteous and go on with your lives.

  6. isujames - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    He left the most storied baseball town in the national league to go play im the AL for a over the hill team that overpays its players that has only one world championschip since its inception.Thats comparable in basketball to leaving the lakers to play for the heat.

  7. ghostofjimlindeman - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Not unlike the ending of a meaningful relationship you go through your many stages of grief. I’m going through my go F yourself Albert stage at the moment and cram your stupid newspaper article and come out and say something about why you screwed us all over sorta comes to mind. Later on I’m sure I can look on it all again in fondness with happy memories of the good times. For now though, my Pujols jersey makes a pretty good dog towel…

  8. ghostofjimlindeman - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    I guarantee you, this town does not take treachery lightly. And whether you think what Albert did was treachery, a large number of fans will believe it to be so.
    How else to characterize Albert thumbing his nose at the rich tradition he supposedly embraced here?
    Reverence for Redbird history? Gone.
    Allegiance to the team that gave him his start and let him be great? Dissolved.
    Affection for the fans cheering his every move? Evaporated.
    All that’s left: Imagining what might have been if Albert had stayed a Cardinal. Instead it is nothing short of this: So long, Stan. See ya, Gibby. Later, Lou. Ozzie, it’s been real.

    Real fun, that is, til now — when Pujols joins all the other disaffected players who left St. Louis thinking they’d find a better baseball situation somewhere else.
    I don’t have enough fingers on both hands to list all the Cardinals I know who left St. Louis and later regretted it, but let’s start with this short list: Vince Coleman, Jack Clark, Andy Benes, even Willie McGee and lesser lights like Fernando Vina and Jeff Suppan. Hope his kids like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But the fans here are the ones left with queasy stomachs. – Joe Ostermeier,

  9. Chris Ross - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    I lost a lot of respect for Pujols after this. I had already lost respect for him when he decided to ask for $300 million from the Cardinals last off-season but I’ve definitely lost it for him now. I mean, sure that extra money is a lot for us normal people but when you have already had a $100 million contract and now you have a $200 million one, what do you need it for? He passes himself off as a man of the community but he really doesn’t prove it with his actions. If I’m a Cardinals fan I feel jobbed by him and I would be hoping for him to epically fail in Los Angeles. Who knows what will happen but it will definitely be interesting to monitor.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/thank-you-albert-pujols/

  10. sasquash20 - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Why should Albert take less money? Stop being little crying bitches. Your a pathetic group of loser fans. Get real!

  11. notdumb - Dec 10, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    how many people literally wiped their asses with this seriously i bet its over a thousand haha i can just picture a pist off cardinal fan snatching the paper and storming off to the bathroom

  12. ghostofjimlindeman - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Literally wiped their ass’s hmm let’s ponder ass man…

  13. mqcarpenter - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Card fans are hurt. That’s fine. Soon you need to move on or you are being stupid. Face it. You got the best deal. You got his best 10 years at the cheapest under market rate. You also got two world series championships. Everyone has a right to start a new chapter. I doubt the Angels bought any rings with this payday. Good luck Albert, classy move. -signed Cub fan

    • cintiphil - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      Now even I have to comment here. From a Cubs fan, really? Just because you guys get soaked all the time, doesn’t mean other fans in major league towns like it. The Cubs are used to losing (and liking it). We fans in the major leagues don’t like losing, and when our team develops players and they say “I love this city and will “NEVER” leave, it takes the fans aback just a bit, and leaves a bad taste in our mouths. I am personally happy to see Albert out of our league and into the AL, but I completely understand the Cards fans resentment and dismay.THEY WERE LIED TO BY THIS GUY AND HIS AGENT, PERIOD (OVER SEVERAL YEARS).

      • blueintown - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        You’re an idiot. Albert doesn’t know those people, and those people don’t know him. He used a public forum to indicate his desire to stay there. If he said it and meant it, then why the hell wouldn’t he just play for free? Why have any contract negotiation at all? You think you have some magical unspoken bond with the players who play for the team you root for, but you don’t. Grow up. Everything mqcarpenter said is right.

  14. hustleandflomax - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    I am a Cards fan, I have not a hint of bitterness towards Albert at all. I thank him for all the wonderful memories and the championships and postseason appearances. I wish him the best of luck. The Cards simply got outbid by a wealthier team and I’m okay with that. The Cards will be move on and be a good team without him. Admittedly though, it will be quite surreal not seeing #10 and #5 in the dugout on Opening Day.

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