“When it all came down, I was mad,” Deidre Pujols told a Christian radio station KLJY in St. Louis. “I was mad at God because I felt like all the signs that had been played out through the baseball field, our foundation, our restaurant, the Down Syndrome Center, my relationships, my home, my family close. I mean, we had no reason, not one reason, to want to leave. People were deceived by the numbers.
It’s just like God to put us on a team called the Angels.”
“The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Red Birds’ offer could reach $220 million over 10 seasons — one-upping Miami’s offer of over $200 million for the same timespan.”
As much as I want Albert back there’s no way he plays another ten years. This deal is ridiculous and in the long run the organization is going to lose.
“To watch Pujols interact with the St. Louis diehards is to watch a prototypical spoiled, arrogant 21st century sports star at his absolute worst. During spring training, it is common for players to wave or smile or nod or (gasp!) talk to fans as they trot from one field to the next during otherwise monotonous drill sessions. Lance Berkman is the king of this practice. Gerald Laird isn’t far behind. Pujols, on the other hand, does nothing. When people call his name, he almost never gazes up. When people ask for an autograph, he doesn’t even bother with a “Not now” or “Try me later.” Instead, he resorts to tactics men like Barry Bonds and Albert Belle perfected in the recent decades—the steel-faced, Why-are-you-even-talking-to-me? ignore-the-world two-step.
It’s not that Pujols doesn’t say much—neither does Derek Jeter. It’s not that Pujols is intense—Josh Hamilton is certainly right there with him. No, what rubs an increasing number of people wrongly is his galling frostiness. Or, as one longtime Cardinals usher said to me the other day, “How about looking up at people when they talk to you? How about acknowledging that they exist?”
“I’m not going anywhere. I got that no-trade for a reason. I’m going to be buried in these pinstripes.”
Mr. Pujols Goes to Washington?
But don’t be surprised to see the Washington Nationals become very aggressive if Pujols becomes a free agent. - NYTimes