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White Sox won't pay Pujols

Posted on: February 21, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Kenny WilliamsIf Albert Pujols does end up in Chicago, it will be on the Northside, not the Southside, as White Sox general manager Kenny Williams tells CSNChicago.com's Chuck Garfien his team is unwilling to spend the type of money on one player Pujols will demand.

The word is Pujols is looking for $30 million a year -- too rich for Kenny's blood.

"If [White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf] gave me $30 million right now, I'm not going to spend it on one guy. Sorry White Sox fans," Williams said. "But I tell you what, I'm going to take that $30 million and I'm going to distribute it around. My team is going to be better as a whole than it is with one player who might get hurt. Then you're done. Sorry, that's just me. And that's no disrespect to a future Hall of Famer, first ballot, one of the greatest players in history."

Of course, the White Sox added nearly $25 million to their payroll this offseason, with escalations in existing contracts plus adding Adam Dunn to a four-year, $56-million deal, reliever Jesse Crain (three years, $13 million) and re-signing Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.

Williams also talks about labor and the upcoming CBA, saying he wouldn't mind a work stoppage for the "health of the game," -- pretty much taking the opposite stance of Hank Steinbrenner.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Comments

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:47 pm
 

White Sox won't pay Pujols

 I find it so stupid when I hear some say not to pay ticket prices, because athletes are over paid.  Go to the game and enjoy it!  They only get the big bucks, because they are the best!  It's no differant than not watching a good movie, because some actor made to much money. You might also want to skip a good concert, because the band is over paid.  It is what it is, and stop worrying about it.  Pujols will get his ching and he is worth every penny of it.  If you don't want to pay to see him, than don't, but don't pretend you know how much he is worth.  I don't think Albert is critiquing how much anyone else makes.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:50 pm
 

White Sox won't pay Pujols

All I can think about how the FANS should take control back in sports. The owners,players spend the money in our pockets like it is theirs. Stop going to these games for a while and send a message.

You better stop watching games on tv as well because that's where the big money is.  And stop buying anything with MLB attached to it.... Less people going to the games also means less expenses for the owners,,  by itself it's not going to make as much of a difference as you think it is.

Try taking your kid to a game 50.00 ea for decent seat, 20.00 to park a block or two away. Forget a beer @ 7.00 each.

Yeah, that is expensive and i've basically stopped going to games for a long time.  But tell me one more time why any adult NEEDS TO DRINK at a baseball game or any sporting event??  Please..... I enjoy having a few beers once in a while too, but I don't drink one bit at a sporting event.  Are are people that addicted they can't wait until after the game to have a drink somewhere a beer doesn't cost 7-10 dollars?? 

Doesn't make sense to me.... I can buy a case of beer for the price of 3 or 4 beers at some ballparks.... have a few people over, enjoy an evening with friends and family.....  I refuse to pay a 700 to one thousand percent markup on beer......





Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:09 pm
 

White Sox won't pay Pujols

All I can think about how the FANS should take control back in sports. The owners,players spend the money in our pockets like it is theirs. Stop going to these games for a while and send a message.

Try taking your kid to a game 50.00 ea for decent seat, 20.00 to park a block or two away. Forget a beer @ 7.00 each.

It cost half a weeks work to go to  a ballgame for 2 people. Whether or not it gets better is up to us to say no.

I am sure Players would play for a few million a year if thats what the cap is, lets get these ticket prices to where a dreaming kid can actually see a game. 




Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 7:52 pm
 

White Sox won't pay Pujols

I don't mind Pujols getting his money - he's earned it but there's NO way I would give him a 10 year deal, not at all!
at the most he would get would be 6 years and a team option for a 7th not at his age and given the history of back problems he's had.
If I'm an A.L. team he might get 7 years with a team option for the 8th but in that 7th year the contract would be LADEN with incentives, same for the team option year, just seems to make sense.


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