The Avoidable End of the Pujols Era

Posted: December 9, 2011 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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12/9/11 via St. Louis Sports 360:

What’s the difference between staying with the only home, fans and place you’ve ever known?

For , apparently it’s roughly $30 million dollars and 2 years’ worth of difference.

That was the difference in what the his former employer and new one offered, and it was enough to draw the All-Star away from the St. Louis and to the on Thursday morning. The biggest decision since the Alex Rodriguez saga of 2008 came to a close, and a chapter (and the hearts) of closed it’s time on the Pujols Era in a sudden fashion.

After a week plus of aggressive pursuit by the Miami Marlins came to an official end on Wednesday afternoon, with the Cardinals matching their best offer, it seemed that the club was on the road to regaining its within the next few days. Then, like a script straight out of the WWE, the Angels entered the fight at the last second, and finished off the seemingly guaranteed winner for Pujols services with a devastating blow. This blow was fully guaranteed 10 year deal worth a reported $255 million dollars, which was too good for Pujols to not take.

The last person to blame Pujols for turning his back on St. Louis is Pujols himself...

Now, the Cardinals are left with their hands in their pockets and wondering what’s next. This wasn’t just any player they lost, or even just any All-Star lost. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t just any best player in the game they lost out on. This was a once in a few generations talent that will most likely not stop with just being the best first baseman of all-time; no he’s destined for far more than that. A nod amongst the Mays, Williams, Ruth, Cobb and Aaron’s is where he will land. There is no such thing as just replacing icons, especially when they have so much more left in them.

So how did we get here? Well, that’s a both complicated and simple at once. But just know, the last person to blame is Albert Pujols…


To read the rest of this and see why there literally was no price the Cardinals could have hit that would have made it worth Albert’s while, read the rest of this article at St. Louis Sports 360:

Also, follow my effort to cope and accept the next era of Cardinal baseball by the minute on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.

  1. Chris Ross says:

    I get where you’re coming from but personally 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. Also, you think you could check out my blog because I’d really love to know what you think

  2. […] little over two years ago, I wrote a piece about days like this (although the full article is lost to a dead website). Pujols left St. Louis at a time when he was […]

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