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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: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:16 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Free agency is stressful? Yeah, it must suck, Diedre. People from different cities wanting to throw money at you. How did you ever get any breaks from all of that stress? Dreaming up stupid things to say after the contract was signed, apparently. An insult? For a 31-year-old guy to get $26 million for five years as a STARTING POINT?

Looking forward to watching your husband hit .230 when he's 40 years old making $30 million. Angels fans will just love him then.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:11 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Albert's gonna look good with an A on his hat in the Hall. A is for Albert.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:24 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

In the picture above in the article, it looks like Albert is thinking, "I wish I didn't listen to my wife and stayed in St. Louis"

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:35 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

If that is true, and the Cardinals DID only offer five years to Pujols, than this decision was about more than the money. C'mon Cardinals: you're the favorite to sign the biggest free agent OF ALL TIME. I don't care if you don't have a lot of money. Are seriously gonna put a five year offer on the table when you know that theres at least five other teams out there who have offered him so much more? This wasn't over the "last dollar" or even the previously thought $30 million gap. This was like about $50-100 million dollar difference. You have got to do better than that. You're basically saying to him: "Albert you can leave if you want, we don't need to staying around here..." So yes, when you're gonna get a hometown discount on a free agent and offer basically half of the what the competition is offering, you're not just communicating money. You're communicating disinterest in the best player your organization ever had

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:26 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

REDWINGS1969:  Ok then.  So why do teams sign players to long-term deals?  They want to control the player's salary for a set number of years.  ALL CONTRACTS ARE SET TO THE AMOUNT THAT THE ORGANIZATION BELIEVES WILL WORK OUT TO THEIR BENEFIT!!!!  They want to pay the least amount that they possibly can. 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:09 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Thank you for a thought out well said response to the all the vanom spouting from many Cards fans. Why the Cards organization has not taken any heat over this is beyond me.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:30 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

The players don't get paid at the end of the season based on their performance.  Why?  Because it might cost the team too much if all the players have career years.  Salary is determined before the season begins.  It works both ways & usually to the benefit of the team.  

Nice try but not even close to being true. The real reason professional athletes aren't paid based on production is because the players wouldn't be nearly as wealthy if that happened.  The players union in every sport knows this and would never allow a production based approach to salaries.  Your scenario is crazy to say the least because in the history of sports there has never been a situation where all the players on any team had career years.  As a matter of fact in the history of all sports I can guarantee you not once has even half of any team had career seasons.  If you base it on production there are a whole lot more overpaid professional athletes then ever before and certainly a lot more overpaid then there are underpaid athletes,,, and it's not even close.. not even something anybody can argue, especially in MLB and in the NBA.  At least NHL teams have to deal with a hard cap and NFL players contracts for the most part aren't 100 percent guaranteed and in some cases not guaranteed at all.  In MLB a player can suck from day 1 of his new contract and there isn't a damn thing a team or owner can do about it but trade him or cut him and pay him out every nickel he's owed. 

Pujols though is the exception to the rule.  Pujols in comparison to many others and compared to his production was certainly underpaid, but not anymore.  The Cardinals dropped the ball and will pay for their sins for a long long time....  so my disagreeing with what you said as a whole has nothing to do with Pujols.  Once again, he's one of the few exceptions almost every year.


Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:23 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

I dont want and sound crazy, but it looks like this decission by the St. Louis Cardninals of not signing Pujols is going to be remember for a long time, this reminds me when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees and than they went and won how many World Series? I can even remember because I dont have that many fingers. Enjoy your last World Series ring Cardinals, because I dont think youre going to see one pretty soon, as for the Yankees, oops Im sorry I meant the Angels, youre going to need more fingers for youre new upcoming WORLD SERIES RINGS, this is how a bussiness is done in life. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT THE MONEY, EVERYTHING, AND EVERYWERE.

So Cardinals fans beware of the day, remember the day, you didnt sign Albert Pujols. 

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:19 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Sour Grapes?  What you been smokin?  I didn't even mention the Phils in my comment.  I would make the same comment if a Phillies player left for more money . . . . wait minute, they come to Philly for LESS money. 

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:07 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

What a twit this lady comes across as.  Congratulations on marrying a super star since you now apparetnly consdier yourself one.  Ah, honey did the big contract talk confuse you?  A five year deal seems like a pretty good start towards keeping him there for the rest of his career, but my that must have been confusing.  Getting offered 26 million a year, I can only imagine the trauma you personally had to suffer with that "low ball" offer.   Hey, he went for the most money, whether Albert felt like he got "insulted" by a five year deal, knows he's really older then 31, or realizes his productivity is already slowing down who cares?  You cant blame the guy for taking the most money and he's not required to give the team a hometown discount, but dont come out with stupid statements like this.  Would have been nice to see him remain in St Louis, but it's a business and he went with the most money.  Be nice to see him win one for the Angels before his 10 years there is finished.

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