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Wife of Albert Pujols tells radio show: “the city of St. Louis has absolutely been deceived”

Dec 12, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Pujols kisses his wife Deidre after the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis Reuters

“I understand you’re talking to us, then one TV station, and that’s about it,” is how Sandi Brown, morning show host at 99.1 Joy FM in St. Louis, opened her conversation Monday with Deidre Pujols, the wife of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.

“This is the moment of truth for us,” Deidre replied. “Four days have passed and most people are probably sick of hearing our name by now, but I’m ready to let people have our side of what has happened and be able to make better judgements.”

Before we delve into the topics discussed during the 39-minute interview, some background information is necessary. Joy FM is a Christian music radio station based in a western suburb of St. Louis that debuted this past July in place of “Classic 99,” a classical music offering that had been on the air for more than six decades. Joy FM recieved funding and pledges, during its inception, from the Pujols family and from former Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes.

Sandi Brown, the interviewer, is friends with Deidre Pujols, the interviewee. The chat opened with a prayer.

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Albert Pujols signed a 10-year, $254 million pact with the Angels at last week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas and was introduced as the club’s new first baseman at a kind of hybrid pep rally and press conference Saturday in Anaheim attended by over 4,000 fans. The deal also includes a 10-year personal services contract that will keep Pujols a member of the Angels organization in some capacity long after his playing days are through.

Pujols often claimed, near the end of his tenure in St. Louis, that he wanted to remain a “Cardinal for life,” in the ilk of the legendary Stan Musial. To hear his wife Deidre tell it during Monday’s interview, that claim was wholly accurate. Pujols did want to return to St. Louis this offseason. But then his mindset changed.

In a failed reading of the marketplace for the 31-year-old slugger, the Cardinals put forth a five-year, $130 million proposal earlier this winter. Some might call that part of doing business — every negotiation starts somewhere, and offers can be improved — but it struck the wrong chord in the Pujols household.

“When you have somebody say, ‘we want you to be a Cardinal for life,’ and then only offer you a five-year deal, it kind of confused us,” said Deidre, calling the offer an “insult.”

The Cardinals eventually improved their package, all the way up to 10 years and $210 million, but $30 million of that would have been deferred with no interest. In the Angels’ $254 million deal, nothing is deferred.

“I’m going to tell you what, listeners especially,” said Deidre, “had that offer been given to us with a guarantee (i.e. no deferred money), we would have a Cardinal on our bat.”

Deidre then hinted that the lack of a post-baseball commitment from the Cardinals also rubbed Albert the wrong way. He wasn’t offered a personal services contract like the one Angels owner Arte Moreno gave.

“Albert and I never, not one time ever, made plans to leave this city,” said Deidre. “We had no reason, not one reason, to want to leave. … People were deceived by the numbers.”

The rest of the interview centred largely around Mrs. Pujols’ faith and upbringing in Kansas City, and the both harsh and friendly comments she’s received from St. Louisans since the decision was announced on Thursday. But the main intention of the lengthy Monday morning discussion was to relay the message that Albert did not chase the Angels’ $254 million offer because of greed or money lust. Rather, it was about the Angels’ willingness to make a long-term commitment and the Cardinals’ reluctance to match that.

“It’s just like God,” Deidre told Brown near the end of the chat, “to put us on a team called the Angels.”

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  1. sportsdrenched.com - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    We can all second guess what the Pujols should have done based on their faith in that situation. None of us know how we would react in this situation regardless of our faith. We don’t know what is in their hearts and we don’t know what they do with the money they do have. After all, people in the same Sunday School Class in the same denomination can’t even agree on the meaning of Christmas. I’m not sure how we can decide what the best spiritual decision is/should have been for the Pujols Family. Only one person knows that, and they’ll have that discussion eventually.

    • paperlions - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      I admit to not being the most spiritual person around, heck, I’m not even in the top 20 of most spiritual people….but even I know that spiritual decisions are not based on money, years, or commitment to you by others….spiritual decisions are personal and NOT contingent on others.

  2. nlucas550 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Reconsidering the NL MVP, coaching changes, Dede Pujols’ comments, New York Knicks, and a potential ankle injury to a Blues forward. Check it out on the Daily Grind.

    http://bit.ly/ssWt8e

    • Reflex - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Why? We can check all but the Knicks and Blues stuff here.

      • spudchukar - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:30 PM

        How do you potentially injury your ankle. Does Nostradamus write for the Daily Grind?

      • spudchukar - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:30 PM

        How do you potentially injury your ankle? Does Nostradamus write for the Daily Grind?

  3. okwhitefalcon - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    I listened to the entire interview, some insightful words from Deidre and some a bit cringe worthy – well, alot cringe worthy.

    Regardless of how this has played out, it never should have got this far in the first place.

    Dewitt and Mozeliak’s slow play negotiation tactics were absolute buffoonery.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:49 PM

      Cringeworthy how? Would that refer to how we may view the Pujols or the Cardinals negatively?

      • okwhitefalcon - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        Nope, little nuggets like this:

        “It’s just like God,” Deidre told Brown near the end of the chat, “to put us on a team called the Angels.”

        Heartfelt or rhetoric, just a bit sappy either way.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:10 PM

        Yup. That’s cringeworthy alright. Wow. It sounds like a really really awful pun.

    • jtirren - May 11, 2012 at 3:25 AM

      You still sure that Mo and DeWitt are buffoons, “okwhitefalcon” ?
      Maybe by buffoons you meant geniuses?
      Haha. Who are the buffoons now in LA???

  4. bigtrav425 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Im just gettin sick of sports shit in general. I mean come on man your 34 and a 10 yr deal?? if he really wanted to stay in St.Louis he would of taken the 5 yr deal (even if it was more money then offered eventually) he would of been 39 then and im sure that even at 39 and still productive the Cardinals and him could of worked out another 1 or 2 yr deal…In the end…it was about the money and is 98 percent of the time about the money for these guys.I honestly thought Puljos was a lil different tho

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      The money is a proxy for respect.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:07 PM

      34 and a 10 yr deal

      Have we fast forwarded 3 years or something? Why do you all keep saying he’s 34? He’s 31 right now and will be 32 in January.

      • umrguy42 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        It’s all part of the “Pujols is older than he says he is” meme. Just ignore them.

      • jtirren - May 11, 2012 at 3:28 AM

        The guy’s definitely pushing 35+ — just look at his performance.

  5. predicatepanda - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Two things struck me about this interview.
    1. She was mad at God. Obviously, she believes in God and, more obviously, God has blessed them beyond 99.99999999% of the world in terms of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. Only a completely self-absorbed, self-centered person would blame God for this ‘predicament’.

    2. Albert, why would you ever let your wife speak publicly on your behalf? You are worth millions. Hire a publicist. Use a professional. Or, better yet, just shut up about it. No one is going to sympathize with you because the Cards insulted you with a 5 yr $130M offer.

    You took the better offer. More power to you. That is your privilege. Take the bad press and move on.

  6. rickperrywinkle - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    I understand fans feel betrayed but it’s so hypocritical. They would move to L.A. if their job offered them $44,000 more. AP got $44 million more offered from Anaheim.

    Yes, it’s sad that stars we are endeared to sometimes get insanely great offers like the Angels made. The Cardinals wanted to keep AP, but they also wanted to win in the next 10 years. In the end the Cardinals come out ahead.

    AP will likely outperform his contract over the next three years. But then he will be good, not great (like A-Rod is now); a couple of years later he will be awful. And the Angels will still owe about $150 million on him when that happens.

    Meanwhile the Cardinals will put Berkman at first, Allan Craig in the outfield, and will have Freese and Holliday in their lineup as well as Carpenter and Wainwright in the rotation. They now have $25 million freed up EVERY YEAR to get additional players, which means that the Cardinals have a bright future. I will miss AP, but in the end, everybody wins (except Anaheim).

    • okwhitefalcon - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

      “They now have $25 million freed up EVERY YEAR to get additional players, which means that the Cardinals”

      I doubt they let go of much the $25 million or come close to their alledged $110 million payroll budget for 2012.

      • rickperrywinkle - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:26 AM

        They may not this year, but the larger point is now the Cardinals have options. They can keep all of their current players, keep any prospects that pan out, and pick up players this year and later. You can’t say that about Anaheim, who is already stuck with Vernon Wells at +$21 million (yikes!) and now AP. Had the Cardinals kept AP they would eventually have to jettison their younger players in order to finance an aging HOFer who gives you about 3-4 wins/season over a replacement player.

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      If you are going to form a bad analogy, at least get the facts straight. A normal person would be getting an extra $4000/year, most of which would be gobbled up in taxes, and the more than the rest of which would go down the drain because of higher cost of living….only an idiot would move to CA for a $4000 raise (or a 15% raise, which still wouldn’t offset the difference between living in those two locations). Adjusting for taxes and cost of living, buying another house in a place with crazy property values, Pujols won’t be making any more than he would have in StL….because $25M in California is < $21M in Missouri.

      • Reflex - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        Provided your numbers are correct, and provided that AP is not an idiot, then perhaps you are lending credence to his main contention, namely that it wasn’t about the money but about a lack of respect and committment, eh?

  7. honkerdawg - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    After earning 210 million dollars why would you need (or want) a job. Get real, AP is just like all the rest, GREEDY!

  8. metalhead65 - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    they just do not get it. how anyone can be insulted by a 130 million dollar offer is nuts. just say it was about the money and stop making excuses. almost everybody in the same situation would have done the same thing but just not made excuses about it. I mean it is not like he was making chump change at 10 million a year. all the time time talking about how he loved the city and fans but when it comes down to it he leaves for the money. just say it! as a reds fan I hate the cards but why are they bad guys for offering a already beyond rich guy an even more obscene amount of money?

  9. spudchukar - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Hey, breaking news out of St. Louis. A seldom reported fact is that the Colby Rasmus trade to the Jays also included 3 minor leaguers to be named later. I have been searching for months for the names, but tonight it became official. The St. Louis management has decided that they will forego the players in exchange for cash. Surprise!

    • okwhitefalcon - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      Colby Rasmus, the gift that keeps on giving.

    • cur68 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      Couldn’t we just send Colby back? We’ll even throw in a free gift of a “Tony” since you lot are now down one…

      • okwhitefalcon - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:44 PM

        He’s all yours cur, for now at least.

        I suspect his act won’t play long in Toronto either, that’s an organization on the rise with sharp leadership.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up getting shipped off to Houston, I’m sure new Astro GM (former Cards farm director) Jeff Luhnow would be up for it.

      • cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:01 AM

        Good idea blancofalco: Texas is big enough for Colby & his old man. by June Anthopolous will get it done faster than you can say “Vernon Well’s albatross contract” if Colby is acting up or playing .225 BA with his old man as hitting coach.

  10. cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    I have read some things here and done some math. With this latest announcement, one thing is clear. The agent did a poor job for Albert and family. He has taken them to the best money deal on the surface, but it is clear that they agreed to a deal with their hearts and not their heads.

    The agent will however, make the most money on this deal. it is clear that either through misunderstanding or ignorance, Albert thought the agent was looking out for him, but after this interview by his wife, I am not so sure. How do they think they were insulted? When you go into these negotiations, the agent should explain how they work. Probably didn’t do that. This is business and Albert probably didn’t look at it that way. That was his agents job to explain. If he did, why was it an insult? I don’t think either of them had a clue to this stuff, and the agent went for the big money now (for him too). This deferred income business can be a benefit, as it actually can lower the overall taxes paid, and will keep an income long after he finishes playing. Then the taxes are much higher in Ca. and paid in a shorter period will lessen the net to them. I am not sure that they understood all of this before signing a contract because they thought their feelings were hurt for any reason. That is a poor way of doing BUSINESS. It was the job of the agent to explain all of it.

    • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:57 PM

      “Then the taxes are much higher in Ca.”

      Not as much as you’d think. Professional athletes pay where they play, so this sort of thing changes with the schedule from year to year, but comparing the Cardinals schedule with the Angels schedule from 2011, it amounts to 1.15%. In the future, the Cardinals will be playing fewer games in Texas (a no income tax state) and the Angels will be playing more. This shrinks the difference to 0.48%, incorrectly assuming the same interleague schedule and adding a series in Boston for the Cardinals (bad assumption for the future, but the NL Central played the AL East last season) and adding a series each in Chicago and Cincinnati (good assumptions).

      As for offering deferred money with no interest, that is more of an insult than the five year contract offer. Players who accept these deals are truly being misinformed by their agents. Bobby Bonilla got what, 6.8%?

      • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:50 AM

        For his tax bracket the difference in state tax rate is 4%, I find it hard to believe that any kind of scheduling could cut that difference by 90%….the Angels play about 100 games/year in CA, 81 home, 9 vs Oakland, plus inter-league. There is just no way to get that difference much below 3%….if that low.

      • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:01 AM

        The Angels will play about 100 games in Ca, and some games in NY and Ma. All of those states have high taxes. And how about the games played in Ill? All of the states they play in are higher in taxes, except for Texas, and Mo. I am not sure what the tax rates are in Mn, but they will play some games there also. I understand how the taxes are paid in MLB, and the Angles play a lot of games in HIGH tax states. If he understood this, why would he sign with them rather than the Cardinals, except that he was mad at them for not respecting him? However, his agent does make out better.

        I don’t think any of this was explained to Albert, but then, I wasn’t there.

      • umrguy42 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        Even *if* the tax difference isn’t as bad as it sounds – overall cost of living difference IS.

  11. peed1 - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Something about St. Louis makes the star wife looney. Remember a certain Ram QB’s wife and her crazy stuff.Must be the weather or the bugs or something

  12. raysfan1 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    While I can certainly sympathize with Cards fans being upset about their star leaving for a more lucrative offer, I’d like to see more acknowledgement of reality minus the anger.

    Yep, 10 years and $210M should be enough for anybody. Then again, nobody should be mad that he instead took 10 years and $254M in the media capital of the world where a massive increase in endorsements income is almost a given. Likewise, it makes no sense to be mad at the Cards ownership for not matching that deal if it doesn’t fit into their budget–of the Angels management for spending what they can afford. What is being emotionally called greed is really just business.

    Expecting Pujols (or his family) to step up and say “yep, it’s about the money” is also unrealistic–it’s the rare professional athlete that says that. I think a lot of them don’t even say that to themselves (even though it’s obvious to the most casual observer) and even convince themselves (with a lot of help from their agents) that $ = respect.

    • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      Right on. However for Albert to leave such a “perfect situation” (his words) for the little difference in NET pay to him, there is only one explanation. His wife said it best, “they (Cards) insulted us”. Really, they insulted you by offering you tens of millions in salary during a “BUSINESS” negotiation? The agent’s job is to explain just what is going on during this back and forth, not to inflame one way or another. He should not make light of the Marlins offer or to boost one by another team because he (agent) is enriched more.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM

        The agents shouldn’t, but of course they do that very thing because it affects their own bottom line.

  13. lostsok - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to pass through the gates of Heaven…now give us our f**king hundred million!” ~~ Ma Pujols

  14. Kave Krew - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Nothing like a rich chick whining. Enjoy SoCal and get ready to explain why God let Alberts skills erode for 3/4 of the contract.

  15. pogodog7 - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    F**k Fat Albert and his trophy wife. I hope someone digs up evidence to show that he is 5 years older than that prick says he is.

  16. beaglemix - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    i call liar to anyone who claims they’d take 44 million less money.

    i call fool to anyone who has actually done it.

    i call hypocrite to everyone who justifies trades as part of the business but cries when a loved player doesn’t take less money out of loyalty to the fans.

    i call liar again to anyone who claims they’d continue to let the same player hog all those valuable at bats even when he is well past his prime just because he is beloved by all.

    baseball is a sport. it is a sport/game when played in the schoolyard. it is a sport/business once a ticket is sold.

    albert’s decision fits the sport/business model. business as usual. get over it.

    note: his wife does sound like a whackadoo. perhaps they can run on the GOP ticket when he retires from baseball (long after his stick is worth a damn).

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:56 AM

      I call fool on anyone that is set for life financially that still put money at the top of their priority list. Money is something you use to make your life better, and to give yourself the freedom to do what you would like with your life….when you make your life about the money instead, you have lost most of the things you could have used that money for.

      Be more informed, people aren’t pissed that he left, but that he spent years claiming he wanted to stay and would play for $3-4M less per year to do so…then, he left for $4M more/year.

      This was ego, plain and simple.

  17. Reba - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    1). Stop dissing the Pujols family for their faith. If you don’t believe in religion, that is fine, but don’t put down people who do. When you do this, you just sound immature and close minded. Let them believe what they want to. It’s their life, not yours.

    2. The Cardinals initial offer was a slap in the face. I have been a Cardinals fan my entire life, and I am really disappointed in their actions. It seems to me that it’s not so much about the money itself, it’s about how much he is valued on that team. If he was valued as much as the team said, then he wouldn’t have been given such a crap offer. For people like us who will probably never see that kind of money, sure, it might seem stupid of him to turn it down, but in the world of baseball, he is definitely worth more than 5 years and $130m.

    3). Stop throwing the Bible in his face. He knows what it says. Yeah, it does say that it is harder for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, and it does say that Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell everything he has and give it to the poor, but if you actually read those passages in context, you would know that those things are said because money has become their idols. It’s not a sin to be rich, the sin comes from turning the money into an idol. Diedre and Albert are huge with charity work and giving back. It also has to be said that they aren’t those passive types who just write a check every month. If you actually read about him, he and his family are actively involved in helping those who are less fortunate. Stop judging.

    4). The Cardinals will survive without AP. Carpenter and Holliday are just two out of many players that make the Cards a great team. Personally, I’m just happy that AP went to the American league so now I have 2 teams that I can root for.

    5). Stop hating on Deidre. They have been married for 10 years. She’s not some gold-digging whore. They have built a great life together that is centered around helping people around them. What do you do for your fellow man? Probably nothing.

    6). And where do you get this $175 per autograph? A tabloid? I got his autograph, and I didn’t pay a dime.

    okay, that’s all.

    • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      If they know what the bible says, then they should spend some time trying to understand it and then follow its practices. I am pretty sure being overly proud is not considered a virtue in that book, nor ego, nor greed, nor deception.

      • Reflex - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        It also says that he without sin should cast the first stone…

        Why do you think you know its about greed, deception or ego? As opposed to exactly the reason his wife said it was, a feeling that the club was not as committed to Albert as Albert was to the club?

    • thesuddenscribe - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      You’re probably right. We should not be casting stones. But I am a hypocrite who will ask for forgiveness later.

      You should read about the pharisees- the uber-wealthy pharisees who made a big display of charity vs. the poor woman who gives the majority of what she has silently. We praise Pujols and his nitwit wife (forgive me, Lord!) for their spectacular displays of giving, but honestly- it’s a drop of water from a large bucket. God wanted us to give so that we felt it.

      • Reflex - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

        You can apply that logic to anyone for any amount of money they make as long as there is someone poorer. Any amount Albert gives that does not put him in the poorhouse is too little by that thinking.

        I’d take this argument more seriously if instead of targetting the wealthy player it targetted the mega-wealthy owner who refused to keep his best employee. Who was the one disrespecting the word of the Lord here?

        That said, God has nothing to do with any of this. Even if the Pujols family feels it to be the case. This was business for DeWitt, and its likely Pujols’ faith that blinded him to the fact that businessmen will treat him like a commodity rather than a cherished family member.

  18. originalsmasher - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:39 AM

    “Denial” ain’t just a river in Egypt!
    (Pujols) you & your wife are damn liars! GREED! GREED! GREED! who the hell are you kidding?? Hope you blow out your knee on the way to church you hypocrite! yes, I’m ashamed to say that but I’m sick & tired of you jerks ruining the game!
    (and I am not a Cardinals fan or from St. Louis)

    • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      I am not upset with Albert or his wife. I am a true Reds fan with some glee with the prospect of not having to face the best hitter in baseball for my team. If one steps back and looks dispassionately.on the situation, it is easy for me to see that the agent allowed this to get to “they insulted us”, rather than just a NEGOTIATION! And, the agent did very well for himself.

  19. damnyankee13 - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Its all about money.this proves it. Pujols will be on crutches in 8 years. He’s allready having bouts with the DL.The Angels got taken.

    • cintiphil - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      That is a bit much. I don’t wish bad luck on Albert, but I do agree that the Angels got taken in the long term. Lets look at this deal in 4 years and see how many W-S Albert will win for them. Look at Arod and the Yankees. Do you think the Yankees would like to dump that salary for someone else? How many more years will they be strapped with his salary?

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        Your dead on with your Arod comment Phil. I couldn’t tell you how many Yankee fans I have heard from that mentioned Arod specifically…and the fact that his .260 Avg. is generating him 30 million a year in Salary.

  20. crashdog - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Not once have I seen anyone the Cardinals front office in this whole thing. You don’t. I repeat, YOU DON’T let Albert Pujols get to free agency. Why not go to him 2 years ago, and say “What will it take to keep you here?”. The reason, they never wanted him back bad enough. Point. Blank. Simple. Its not a bad decision for a small market team either.

  21. westcoastredbird - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    I no longer give a rat’s ass about Albert or his wife. As a Cardinal nation – move on!!!. Look at their farm system. They have a slugging first baseman at Springfield named Matt Adams. He was their player of the year. He also mans 1st base and soon will make Cardinal fans forget about Sir Albert. Before Albert there was 70 home runs from Big Mark. Don’t forget about Kolten Wong .335 at Springfield. Oh don’t forget about Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez the two best right handed pitchers in the minors. And Oscar Taveras the 19 year old that just hit .388. Oh by the way Adams hit .300 with 32 bombs in Springfield with limited at bats. Now the Cards don’t have to push him to the outfield because Albert is gone. Stop the F@#$%*# pity party!!!! We’re going to be fine and may very well repeat. I grew up in Missouri but live in SoCal so I have to put with this Albert garbage. Like I tell my neighbors I’m a Cardinal fan not an Albert fan. All of my Cardinal gear is Cardinal gear with no player’s name but simply just Bird’s on the Bat. Don’t fall in love with the player but the team. A 50 year Redbird fan in SoCal that never sold out. Let’s win the World Series in 2012! A better story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. thesuddenscribe - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    I’m dubious that the majority of Americans would up and leave a place they have significant ties to for a pay raise. (I’m not talking about a job because they are unemployed, but leaving a steady, secure job where they weren’t in dire need of a pay raise simply to exist.) I live in a cold city with high taxes. However, my family is close by, my friends are here, my church is here, etc. My husband, who makes a comfortable sum could (if a job opportunity arose) make a substantial amount more in a warmer state that has lower taxes. And this has tempted us in the past, but honestly, we are more than comfortable with the salary he makes, and we would gladly forfeit an extra 40,000 for the chance to raise our kids near our parents, to stay in a community where we have deep roots, etc. And I know a lot of people who are stuck in this cold northern town who have made these same choices.

    Pujols was my son’s favorite baseball player- and we’re not even from St. Louis- from the time he learned to hold a bat. He was crushed by this news.

    If Pujols and his wife are really “insulted” by the Cardinals offer, than they are afflicted with something worse than greed: pride. The bad kind of pride. I can’t imagine ditching a community that had supported me and cheered me on and embraced me because I was too proud to accept my employer’s (more than generous) offer. I suppose it could be argued that in the world of baseball legends, Pujols didn’t receive as generous of an offer as he may have “deserved.” But 99% of us live in the real world, a salary over 1M is unheard of, and 243M in ten years is something only daydreams are made of.

    Don’t pull God into it, Deidre. Go back to your bible. You might stumble across this verse: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

  23. tootoocynical - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Can anyone recall the last person in any kind of contract negotiation who prayed to god for guidance and then accepted less money? It’s obvious that god is the greedy one.

    • petesdragon - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      Brett Favre took a pay cut one year but I doubt God had anything to do with it.

  24. westcoastredbird - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    I went to the Albert Pujols jersey bonfire rally last weekend what a great time. Get ready for the phenom 1B Matt Adams from AA Springfield. He set the Springfield Cardinals record for HR and RBI. He has never hit below .300. He hit 32 hrs and drove in 101. Kolten Wong hit .335 so 2B will be fine for the next 10 years as will 1B.

  25. petesdragon - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    To get any kind of offer in this economy in the multiples of hundreds of millions of dollars and then say it’s NOT GREED OR MONEY LUST when you turn it down is doing a diservice to the listeners and the Cardinal baseball fans of St. Louis. The Pujols family never had any intention of staying in St. Louis. Who do they think they are kidding?

    • Reflex - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Alternatly, one could just as easily point out that the ownership group had no intentions of retaining Albert. They knew his worth, and that he was willing to take a hometown discount, but structured a deal in such a way that they knew he would not accept it.

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