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(Sporting News)   Hey Pujols, how's that whole Angels thing working out for you?   (aol.sportingnews.com) divider line 7
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2012-04-14 06:08:02 PM  
4 votes:
Really? 8 games into a 162 game season?
2012-04-14 06:21:31 PM  
3 votes:
As much as I'm upset at Pujols for how little class he handled this whole free agent debacle like every other Cardinal fan, I agree that it's way to early to reach conclusions just yet subby.
2012-04-14 11:26:56 PM  
1 votes:
Pressure of a new team and contract? Orrrrrrrrrrrrr it might be that this is the first year MLB tests for HGH thanks to the newest collective bargaining agreement. But of course it's natural for you to almost double in size in both muscles and head size within two years of your rookie year.
2012-04-14 07:58:57 PM  
1 votes:

madden101: JohnBigBootay: Class? Are you kidding? What was he supposed to do? Not take the deal with the most money?

When he constantly said things to the effect of, "It's not about the money this (free agency period) around" and "I've already made more than is humanly reasonable," we in St. Louis started to believe him. Coupled with his Christian faith and the fact that his family was pretty well established around here--their charity, in particular--we assumed we weren't crazy that he might take a few million less to stay in St. Louis. And, really, the difference between what the Cards and Angels offered was only about 4.4 million a year (never mind that the cost of living here in St. Louis is substantially lower).

But, really, all that being said, I'm not bitter he's gone. In any NL city, he'd probably do pretty well and be worth every penny for the next 4-6 years. I'm glad the Cardinals elected not to saddle themselves with a 40-year old first baseman that they owe over $20m. And while he and his wife seem to have been counting on fans to pressure management to get a deal done, I don't personally know anyone who thinks Mozeliak or the owners should have tried harder (spent more money) to get him to stay. The AL makes sense, anyway, where a team could kind of hide him as a DH when his legs finally give out for the last time.

One thing will be interesting to see: in St. Louis, the Cardinals are always #1. I've been to LA once, but I get the impression that the rankings, among sports teams, is more along the lines of Lakers, Dodgers, USC football, Clippers (now that they're good), Angels, etc. And that's without a pro football team (other than USC, anyway...). And if they struggle at all over the next decade, Pujols and his massive contract could become an easy target for what fans do stick around.


The thing that was real off-putting to me was not the fact he took the money (Good for him for doing that), it was the absurd lengths him and his wife went to try and convince us that Albert didn't make the decision based on money but rather how "wanted" he felt by both teams (which he apparently based on how big the contract was).

If he was just up front and honest with us that it was about the money, I wouldn't be as upset.

Plus there was this from the other day:

When he was asked Friday morning if there's anything he misses about St. Louis, Pujols basically scoffed at the question.

"I'm way past that," he said. "I have a new family, new teammates."
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Way to show love for the team and fanbase who supported you during the majority of your career.
2012-04-14 07:53:55 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA: "Albert Pujols felt no need to pay homage to the ghosts in Monument Park, or genuflect as he stepped onto grass that glistened like a freshly shined billiard table. He coolly ignored the Bleacher Creatures. Didn't he know that goosebumps are required for those who grace the palace in the Bronx?."

Wow, slobber on that Yankee knob a little more, why don't ya?
2012-04-14 07:33:41 PM  
1 votes:

JohnBigBootay: Class? Are you kidding? What was he supposed to do? Not take the deal with the most money?


When he constantly said things to the effect of, "It's not about the money this (free agency period) around" and "I've already made more than is humanly reasonable," we in St. Louis started to believe him. Coupled with his Christian faith and the fact that his family was pretty well established around here--their charity, in particular--we assumed we weren't crazy that he might take a few million less to stay in St. Louis. And, really, the difference between what the Cards and Angels offered was only about 4.4 million a year (never mind that the cost of living here in St. Louis is substantially lower).

But, really, all that being said, I'm not bitter he's gone. In any NL city, he'd probably do pretty well and be worth every penny for the next 4-6 years. I'm glad the Cardinals elected not to saddle themselves with a 40-year old first baseman that they owe over $20m. And while he and his wife seem to have been counting on fans to pressure management to get a deal done, I don't personally know anyone who thinks Mozeliak or the owners should have tried harder (spent more money) to get him to stay. The AL makes sense, anyway, where a team could kind of hide him as a DH when his legs finally give out for the last time.

One thing will be interesting to see: in St. Louis, the Cardinals are always #1. I've been to LA once, but I get the impression that the rankings, among sports teams, is more along the lines of Lakers, Dodgers, USC football, Clippers (now that they're good), Angels, etc. And that's without a pro football team (other than USC, anyway...). And if they struggle at all over the next decade, Pujols and his massive contract could become an easy target for what fans do stick around.
2012-04-14 06:27:30 PM  
1 votes:
What Mrtraveler01 said. Pretty much verbatim.

However, that doesn't mean I'm not rooting for him to fail. I cheered this afternoon, when Fox was playing the Angels/Yankees game during the Cards/Cubs rain delay, and Pujols dove to his right but flubbed the grounder. Gave the hitter the benefit of the doubt, but we St. Louisans have seen him make that play with no trouble countless times. Should've given him the 'E.'
 
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