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Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:02 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 4:18 pm
By Matt Snyder

Albert Pujols signed with the Angels last week in a move that shocked the baseball world. We knew that. But his wife, Deidre (or "Dee Dee") says the people don't know the reality of the situation -- which is that the Cardinals' offer didn't come anywhere close to what has been reported, because it was only for five years. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“What I’m saying is it wasn’t a guaranteed situation,” she said. “When you have somebody say, ‘We want you to be a Cardinal for life’ and only offer you a five-year deal ... it kind of confused us. ...

“Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community that he at least deserved the opportunity to have real life-long -- you know, I tell you what -- we didn’t want to go through this again. Free agency, it’s stressful.”
The Post-Dispatch has reported that the Cardinals' initial offer -- what Dee Dee called an "insult" -- was for five years and $130 million. Of course, the Post-Dispatch is also reporting the offer grew to 10 years and $210 through the course of the negotiations -- which was widely reported during the Winter Meetings last week. On the flip-side, they also report that there was a "significant" portion of the deal in deferred, interest-free, money. So while Mrs. Pujols can say this move wasn't about the money, it's pretty evident it was very much about the money (Pujols signed for 10 years, $254 million and none of that is deferred). Not that I'm blaming them one bit, as $44 million is quite a chunk of change to think about turning down.

Deidre also mentioned that she was surprised Cardinals fans turned on Pujols so quickly upon the news of him signing to play elsewhere. I guess she didn't watch The Decision, huh?

In fairness, we must point out that Mrs. Pujols did say, "we still love St. Louis and always will."

Still, it was 20 minutes of justifications on a radio show in an argument she can't win. With Pujols signing, the fans of St. Louis are going to be angry, and nothing she can say will change that. This goes for free agents leaving places for more money in every sport.

The full interview is available on via Joy FM's website.

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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:53 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Like some others have said, both sides negotiated in good faith, as did the Angels. From what I've read elsewhere, perhaps the Pujols family looked at that $44M gap and thought about how many people they could help with that much more money. Unless those stories are wrong, it seems to me that his attitude is that the more money he gets, the more he can help.

To take another, more cynical tact: hey, it was $44M, or about 20% more. Would one of you stay working at (insert name of company here) if another company is offering you a 20% raise? I get the 'how much is enough?' argument, but its not really fair for anyone to decide that for another person.

Last but not least, in 6 years when he is 37, would you rather be the Angels cutting those checks for 4 more years, or the Cardinals who are 6 years into a different path, and who would have been otherwise unable to retain anyone during that time (Frese, et al)?

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:44 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Why is it in this country that everyone, except for professional athletes, has the right to negotiate their salary, do what is best for their family, and choose where they want to work?  As soon as it is a professional athlete, then, suddenly, the rules all change, and somehow they "owe" it to the people of a specific town or city to do what is NOT in the best interest of their family, choose NOT to work where they want to work, and do NOT have the right to neghotiate their salary.  If they do, they are a traitor.  Give me a break.  As a Phillies fan, I want J Roll back in Philly.  But I want J Roll back under the right deal for me, and I know that J Roll only wants to be back under the right deal for him.  And to THAT, I say GOD BLESS AMERICA!  If J Roll goes elsewhere because someone wants to overpay him for too many years, more power to him.  If J Roll signs with us for the right number of years and at the right salary, it's Miller Time.  But I'll never call him a traitor either way.  To Cards fans, look, Pujols gave you TWO World Series titles, and now the Angels want to pay him WAY WAY too much for WAY WAY too many years.  Count your blessings and move on.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:37 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

No kidding.  I hope she is ok.  LOL

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:33 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

St. Louis management did what they had to and Albert did what he had to. Why is anyone mad at anybody? Nobody was mean spirited here, there was good faith negotiations and the result was the result end of discussion. And to compare Albert to Le Bron is absolutely pathetic because Le Bron quit on his team during that playoffs and still led them to believe that they had a real chance to keep him. Did Albert have dinner with Angels manage during the course of the season? NO, he did not. Did he let his team know that he may well leave the team? YES, he did. Albert has been loyal and faithful to St. Louis since day one and should be commended for that. Le Bton? Well Le Bron has a lot to learn about real loyalty. I digress. If I had a chance to make this decision my family would come first as well. Do I think that this is a good deal for the Angels? Not really, but if they have the money to spend and are willing to spend it so be it.
 St. Louis has good management and will survive. The citizens of St. Louis will get over this because they will find someone else to root for. It will always hurt to lose a special talent but the beauty of sports is the next new sensation is just around the corner.
 God bless you St. Louis and Albert for you both made baseball something special. P.S. His wife should not have to feel the need to defend her husband on this issue. God bless her too.

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:29 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

To quote Steve Miller- "Go on take the money and run!".

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:28 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

If Dee Dee really believed her husband and her family's decision was righteous, then she would have no reason to defend him. It's simple: he claimed it was for the love of the game, which was a lie. It was a signing for the money. Admit it and begin the healing process. Not saying he does n ot deserve all that money; that's not the issue here. Signing with the Angels places Pujols on the mercenary category, with still ridiculous amount) would have placed him in the company of George Brett, Derek Jeter, Stan Musial, and Cal Ripken Jr. 

So, admit that your family did it for the money (because some people associate money with respect) and we will all move on. Albert will be a Hall of Famer some day, but more people will want to hear about Ron Santo.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:28 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

My guess is that you could add up the lifetime earnings from all of the radio callers that were upset with Mrs Pujols and they would not add up to $44 million.  That amount of money is just not something that anyone can scoff at.  This is business, from both sides.  No use getting upset with anyone.  Albert did plenty for St Louis, and St Louis did plenty for Pujols, but that relationship is over. 

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:27 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Fans look at it as how can you do that leave St. Louis for elsewhere...if you were in the shoes of Albert or his wife you would do the same. The Cardinals should not have extended Matt Holliday as long as they left no additional money for Pujols.  You if in his shoes would consider the offer an insult as he did...he played injured...became a probable top 10 all-time player as of this moment, and helped St. Louis to a World Series. If you want a hometown discount offer him 8 or 9 years at 23 million so it close... This smacks of "oh we really tried St. Louis fans" but not really we just want to look good in your eyes. For Cardinals management they better hope he is more like Griffey Junior breaking down as he gets older than Hank Aaron who just keep going and going on and on....

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:16 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

i can only imagine how stressfull it had to be for Mr's Pujols...Poor thing!!!!!

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