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La Russa: Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing with the Angels

Dec 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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Here’s an empathy test for you, Cardinals fans: Tony La Russa says that Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing his deal with the Angels last week:

La Russa said Pujols has been “in pain” since he accepted the Los Angeles Angels’ 10-year, $254-million offer. “I know it was a painful decision and it pains him now,” La Russa said.

As you might expect, La Russa is being diplomatic here. He doesn’t call out the Cardinals for not being more aggressive, but you can sort of tell that that’s the “pain” on Pujols’ part that he’s trying to communicate.

Either way: $254 million buys something like 30 million extra large bottles of ibuprofen, so I guess Albert’s good.

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  1. isujames - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    F u and albert!!!

  2. wrg885 - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Wonder how many (former & current) teammates were around for this “comment/interview”? PS: Italics too, Still? (Just adding to the inquiring of other observers/comments)

  3. cintiphil - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    What I am wondering about is why all of the Philly phans commenting here? Are you still feeling the ass kicking you got in the NLDS? (AT HOME) The Reds have to play the birds a lot more than your team. We are just relieved that we don’t have to see him again in regular play. But, they still have Carpenter who kills us, and Wainwright who is impossible to beat for us, so we still have an uphill battle in Cinti to beat these guys. Everyone from Philly, get over the ass kicking and stay out of the comments.

    • phillyphreak - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM


      • phillyphreak - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

        No about the comments.

        I’m over the “ass kicking.”

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        Phreak: Thanks for the clarification….that made me laugh out loud. “No to the comment”…”I am over the ass kicking.” Classic.

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      @cinti–I know you’re kidding . . . just trying to be provocative because there aren’t enough comments on this thread, right?


      • cintiphil - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Yes! However, you have to realize that I am here following the Reds, Cards, and Brewers all season long. You have to admit that Philly fans don’t. To bring up some stats (year averages etc.) which do not necessarily accurately depict what happened over 162 games, is silly. I don’t watch or follow the Phills, Mets and Braves as you may, so don’t try to correct my (and other) season long depiction of records of how the teams got to where they ended up. Alberts numbers were very good at first, and at the end of the season outstanding. But for two-three months, he stunk up the place as the Cards fans admit. Now some Philly fans are looking at year end numbers and refuting that he stunk up the place in the middle of the year? Get real. I think the people who follow these teams day by day know best. If he performed all season (and for 11 seasons before) as he did in June-July and part of August, he would have NEVER EARNED ONE MVP, AND WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN OFFERED 254 mil To play the game.

  4. petesdragon - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Cardinal fans will get the last laugh. His world series ring will come in the mail!!!!!

    • phillyphreak - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      When will the fans’ rings be delivered? And how?

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        He meant A.P. wouldn’t be around for a ceremony to accept the ring.

      • phillyphreak - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        I know. But question to Cards fans- say he was able to attend- cheer?

  5. westcoastredbird - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Enough of the pity party! Screw Albert, he’s gone. I’ve been a Cardinal fan for over 50 years and I’ve lived in SoCal for the last 30. I’m going to a neighbor’s Christmas party tonight. There will be 18 Angels fans just waiting to gloat. I’m proudly wearing a Reyn Spooner Cardinal shirt that has all of the Cardinal history on it. It’s not about the name on the back of the jersey it’s about the birds on the bat. We have a rich history as told in “The Few and the Chosen” a book that discusses Cardinal greatness through the eras. The minor league player of the year for the Cardinals was 1B Matt Adams who was blocked from the majors because of Albert. He has never it below .300 and had 32 bombs and 101 RBIs, both are Springfield Cardinals records. He will be the next big deal along with Kolten Wong who hit .335 at Springfield. Oh and don’t forget about the minor league pitcher of the year Shelby Miller, along with Carlos Martinez who has just filty stuff. We have Oscar Taveras, a potential five tool OF who hit .388 at high A ball. Trust me I’m ready for those giddy Angel fans tonight. The Cardinals 2012 World Series Champions – A better story than 2011!

    • cintiphil - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM


      Please stop gloating. We can’t take it here in Cinti. Did you hear that the birds are close to signing Beltran. We are having a hard time signing Phillips and Votto next year. Please tell the cards to give us a chance!

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        Phil: That crap isn’t gonna work with me! You know you guys are going to be okay next year. Try it on someone else Man. LOL!

      • cintiphil - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        St. Lou look! We have one full time OF- Bruce. We have a “potential” great centerfileder and a possible good player in Left. We have a hole at 3rd base and a maybe good short stop. We have a G glove second and first base and “potential” great rookie behind the plate. We have Cueto and maybe three or four other starters who MIGHT be good to GREAT. Compare that with your team. If the birds sign Beltran, your OF is set with proven players in all fields. You have a great first base and G glove at short. Then you have a proven hitter on 3rd base and good to very good at second. Then you have Carp, Wain, and Garcia. You have two or three young players who may have as much or more talent to pitch than our maybe’s. Then you have Molina behind the plate. How do you think this is a load of crap? Why aren’t you guys the favorite? Get honest.

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        I hear you Phil. Sure…the Cardinals are still the favorite to win the division. But my point is/was…it isn’t like you guys are hanging around in Piratesville next year. The way I see it…it’s a 3 way race again next year with the Cardinals, Brewers AND Redlegs.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      Westcoast: One comment that ALWAYS shuts the Cubs fans up is….
      “Success Breeds Jealousy.” If it can shut the Cubs fans up you can bet your ass you will have ZERO follow up comments from Angels fans.
      Relax when the gloating starts and have a good time at the party.

  6. tominma - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Pujols could have stayed with the Cards and still become a VERY rich man!! So his “pain” is pretty much a joke! Now he can live with his decision. The Angels may not be able to live with the decision! In 5-7 years. Pujols will NOT be a $25M/year ball player!! THAT was ALSO a dumb decision!! I betcha the Yankees are jumping for joy at the propsect of paying AROD $27M/yr for the 6-7 years!!

  7. El Bravo - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Despite all of this pie is still greater than cake. You can put that in italics too, it’s just as true.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      Without a doubt. Zero reservations.. Supremely confident..pie is greater than cake.

  8. pmcdaniels - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    There are alot of people in St Louis who are sad as well especially after the SOB told us that he ‘wanted to be a Cardinal for life’ and ‘it’s not about the money’ Kacheng!! Hope he gets what he deserves in Angel land. El Diablo Hombre.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      Just so you know whenever someone says its not about the money, it’s about the money.

      • cintiphil - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:35 PM

        Hey, at least Prince was honest about it. He said it is about the money. You guy should go after Votto.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        You are right. And that’s why you wont find me ever complaining he took the money. I’d take Votto but I don’t think they can afford him either. We don’t have much to trade for him either. Plus I’m interested to see how Gamel does taking over.

      • cintiphil - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        You see I know that he will go for more money than the Reds have. I would hate to see him go to Chicago and St. Louis doesn’t need him as badly as Milwaukee. So I would rather see him in Brewer Blue and not Cubbie blue.

  9. okwhitefalcon - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:34 PM


    Why didn’t you pull the comment from TLR regarding it being a (paraphrasing) “mistake on Albert’s part saying he’d take less money” as well?

    Looks like you achieved the spin you were shooting for…

    For those who didn’t actually read Joe Strauss’ interview with TLR, it’s very telling on many accounts.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      Thanks for the heads up Falcon. Imagine that…something taken out of context.

      • okwhitefalcon - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

        You’re very welcome.

        TLR’s is extremely insightful, his take on management’s slow/cold approach was dead on.

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        Yeah Falcon. I read it. I don’t know that I necessarily disagree with the cautious approach. The only thing I may disagree about is them not getting him locked up a couple of years ago. I mean…the dollars would have been much lower prior to the Howard, Crawford, Gonzalez and Werth paydays.

    • paperlions - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      I’m not sure that saying it was a mistake to lie is particularly insightful. Of course it was a mistake to misrepresent his intentions and who he was.

      • okwhitefalcon - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        I think “lie” and “misrepresent” notions are extremist and reactionary, especially when it has to do with something said over 2 years ago.

        Times change, feelings change – circumstances regarding the situation change.

        As soon as Albert said that (again, 2 years ago), Mo/Dewitt would have been wise to get an offer on the table reflecting their commitment to him while taking advantage of Albert’s comments in a timely manner.

        They didn’t.

        They chose let him get to free agency – they did.

  10. 4que - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    The pain will go away when Albie cashes that first large one!

  11. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    It’s just a game. I’m really over hearing about this whole situation.

  12. buffalomafia - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    He needs $210 million for his divorce for chading some fat chiw hound in St Louis!

  13. buffalomafia - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    He needs $210 for his divorce for cheating with some fat chow hound in St Louis!

  14. buffalomafia - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Hey Cards fan! Get used to missing playoffs now! Now that juicehols is in Cali bashing homeruns!

  15. buffalomafia - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    If he dose a cycle for 6 weeks in off season while in south america there is no way to detect it? By the time he comes back to states its out of his system! Plus its legal to do steroids in some countries!

  16. williegy - Dec 16, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    I personally wish that Albert Pujols had stayed with the Cardinals, but those of you blasting him for signing with the Angels need a little reality check.I’ll try to keep this as simple as possible. Albert Pujols is a professional baseball player. He supports his family by playing baseball. The Angels agreed to pay him 30 MILLION DOLLARS more than the Cardinals would give him, so Pujols moved on.Who among you wouldn’t have done the same had you actually been in his position?In point of fact, I shudder to think at what the vast majority of people actually would be willing to do for that kind of money. Huge numbers would rob, maim or kill for that sum.
    More people than most of us would care to admit would be willing to do any of these terrible things to members of their immediate families for $30 million. All Albert Pujols did was accept a big raise to work for a new company !!!Give the man a break.

  17. isujames - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    His fingers are all cut up from counting all the paper the angels have paid him

  18. tgthree - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    An honest question for Cardinals fans or others who think Pujols is greedy, hypocritical, or otherwise in the wrong:

    If we assume for a moment that the Cardinals did offer nine years and $210 million, how much would the Angels offer have to have been worth (over ten years) for you to acknowledge that “yeah, I get that he wanted to stay in St. Louis, but I understand that he couldn’t turn down that much”?

    $275 million? $300 million? $500 million? There must be a point somewhere. Any reasonable person can recognize that at some point his preference to stay can be trumped by the magnitude of an offer.

  19. contributionsaccepted - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Its true that no-one likes a winner. It seems that winners have to fit a certain mold created by the fan. Do you want to know how us StLouis fans feel ?? There’s a video out where Adolf Hitler’s staff informs him of AP going to LA. It’s Hilarious !!! That’s exactly how we feel. But ya know what ? Its a done deal. Hitler lost the war, and AP is gone. Who shows up in LA is to be seen.
    NOW HEAR THIS … The Cardinals made a “fair” offer. @ one time AP was quoted saying he’d take less money to stay at Busch. Nonsense !!! He’ll break all the records as an Angel, and go into the Hall of Fame with a capital “A” w/halo !!! This deal was the deal that epitomizes the “out-of-control” spending from Management, and the real value of dedication in sports today. They are dedicated to themselves….”Out of Control” wins everytime !!! What he takes to LA for management, and what he takes to LA for the fans, are two totally different things. Management gets in the record books. Fans get a good player for 5yrs tops. And don’t even attempt to tell me that AP is 32yrs old. Yeah, right!
    I applaud AP for landing a contract of that magnitude in the twilight of his career, the last hallway to the door thats marked HOF.
    I also applaud StLouis for not selling the farm just to keep him. AP felt he should be the highest paid first baseman, if not player, in baseball. So he took care of that himself, as he should have.
    StLouis was thinking more of the near future of the club, and its fans. Business is business. But looking at this from the AP view, or StLouis view, they were “Worlds” apart. Money wise, a few million per year considering location, location, location.
    He was offered 9yrs, he took 10. He was offered @least $20mil per, and took $25mil. If you just look at the money, determining the difference from a “Fans” perspective is impossible. Come on man ….. dont even try !!!
    StLouis will remain being smart, even after Tony. I believe there are issues down the line (not so far) for LA. That contract will become heavier and heavier as time goes by, as AP gets weaker and weaker.
    I can’t believe all the “Tony” bashing here …. One thing I’ve “Never” understood is how someone can argue w/Success ………..

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