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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: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:01 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

man every Phillie fan's comment i read is so*  insert insulting word here *  Cardinals beat you and your pitching admit you lost  sour grapes 

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:58 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

should read  " NOT A RICH TEAM " 

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:57 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

a real Cards fan will tell you we wanted Pujols back however you must understand the Cardinals are a RICH team they cant match teams like Yanks or Boston or Phils or even the ANGELS : ts just facts : the only real question is why did Pujols want to sign Holiday and Berkman and everyone when he was aware it would decrease his $ : ? it was a decision made i would not change anything as we enjoy another WORLD SERIES TITLE 

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:56 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

5 years @ $130 million!!!  That is an insult!  I can't believe a guy who cured cancer gets only $130 million . . . wait a minute . . . oh he didn't cure cancer, he hits home runs.  That's different.  How can anyone who hits home runs live on $130 million?  I work in a factory and make $200 million.

In the end, Albert could give a crap about where he plays.  He took the money.  Hope he enjoys the smog and earthquakes . . .

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:48 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

In three to five years, Card fans will be very happy they didn't resign him.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:31 pm

Gotta love friggin' Cub fans telling Cards fans..

...not to whine.  Well done, Thunderdan1995.  Nobody knows whining like Cubs fans--gotta give you that.  And I'll defer to your expertise as a Cubs fan in familiarity with a girl's rejection as well.  You fellas have had an awful lot to whine about for, what, the last 110 years or something?  Isn't that how long it's been since you've actually won something?  The Cardinals won nine World Series and many more pennants before Pujols arrived on the scene, and we'll win nine more World Series without him--and before Cub fans have any reason to stop whining.  And part of the reason we'll keep winning is that, unlike the Cubs, the Cardinals aren't stupid enough to ridiculously overpay someone like, say, Rafael Palmeiro, who would weigh down their payroll and keep them from adding more WS title flags to the collection.  Same with Pujols--he's 32, maybe, but likely older.  His numbers have been going down for a couple of years, and he ain't worth $200MM for ten years, much less $250MM.  If he wants to be vastly overpaid and have his assed kissed for the rest of his life, all while hiding behind his wife and his God, more power to him.  I'm just glad it will be in Disneyland and not in St. Louis--where we have more pennants to win and more (ho-hum) Cubs ass-kicking to get on with.  Thanks for the memories, Albert.  Good luck.   And thanks for the laughs, Cub fans!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:20 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Free agency has never seen a player like Pujols.  The market was going to be huge, even without NYY or BOS in the bidding.  Since St. Louis is such a well-run franchise, let's give DeWallet credit for seeing the 2011 offseason coming.  Now, ask yourself why the Cardinals dragged their feet on making even remotely competitive offers until this year.  

Eastside93, great post man. I'm just going to chime in on a few things you said.  What you said about free agency never seeing a player like Pujols is true and there's a great chance free agency doesn't see another player even close to Pujols for a long long time. Players that put up numbers that guy put up for so long are almost always extended early and never left until the last second to deal with.  And although his numbers from the last 2 seasons have dropped a little bit they are still great numbers that I'm sure he'll put up for a lot longer then people on these boards think.  If the Yankees or Boston needed anybody to play first base I would bet Pujols would have easily signed for the 10 year 300 million dollar contract he originally asked for.   Why did the Cardinals drag their feet you ask? The more I think about it I believe they knew a long time ago they weren't going to hold onto Pujols.  They didn't have the balls to trade him before he became a 10-5 player a couple years ago and when he asked for 300 million I think the Cardinals just sat back and let his time in St Louis expire.  Along the way they just to please their fans and make Pujols out to be the bad guy they pretended to care, but in reality if a team wants to keep a guy like Pujols you waste his time talking about 5 year deals at 31 years old....

 If you want to know how to handle your true legends, just look at what New York did with Derek Jeter.  They gave him 3 years for $45 million at age 37.  Why?  He wasn't worth half that in the open market.  The team gave Jeter that kind of money because they knew he HAD to retire as a Yankee.  They definitely paid him for past performance - and because, as he approaches various career milestones, he'll pack the stands and sell merchandise.  He'll more than make up in good will what he costs the team in salary as he approaches 40.

That's a perfect example and comparison to say the least.  I remember back then when Jeter started negotiations supposedly asking for a 5 year 150 million dollar deal even some Yankee fans were angry.  But I'll say now what I basically said and typed back then, the Yankees had no choice and did the right thing.  No, Jeter isn't worth 50 million for 3 seasons but in a sense the guy IS the Yankees.  A top notch marketing company estimated the Yankees would lose about 20 million per season if they let Jeter go, so why not reward him for the past and make everybody happy?  Another thing is if you look at Jeter's numbers and overall play last season how many other players at his position were better and out of those how many were available? Probably not many, if any at all.  And even if somebody was available, what would it have cost the Yankees in a trade and how much less then 17 is that guy going to make?   I have to believe Pujols meant something financially to the Cardinals so my question is had the Cardinals upped their offer by 50 million dollars over 10 years, would it really have killed them?  Don't the Cards lose at least 5 million per season by letting Pujols go?  Just saying.....

I've knocked the Yankees a lot, I don't like them.  But I have to give them a ton of credit for holding onto their own and rewarding their home grown talent when others just kick players to the curb.  My only problem with the Yankees is when they sign players away from other teams that aren't worth anywhere near what they pay for them.  Burnett came from Toronto with an era of 4 his last 2 years in Toronto, yet they signed him for 90 million over 5 seasons?  That doesn't make sense... but taking care of their own makes a lot of sense, that's why players want to play in New York ...... and I'm going to guess after this Pujols thing less superstars will want to play in St Louis.   


Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:17 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

I don't have the chance to listen to the whacko local radio whiners, but I haven't heard anything negative about this situation. I think Card fans have relished the past 10 years of having Albert on their team and at the same time know that that kind of money is too much for him at this point. They miss him, but know they can move on as they have in the past. Why his wife has to open her mouth about this is ridiculous. I think everyone knows that it's about the money, and that's okay. The only thing this does is to say that she is the type of person that believes that anything under 250 million dollars is insulting.(I'm putting words in her mouth here I know). Why can't pro-athletes keep their spouses quiet?

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:09 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

Love Pujols : you do what you need to do : Angels stepped up and gave him $254 million for 10 years yes he is 32 years old and yes the STL CARDINALS owe him $ but thats still a huge deal  i agree do what is best for you and your family its a business : if he gets hurt baseball would leave him behind  GET THE GUARANTEED $$$$  

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:08 pm

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

"We didn't want to go through this again.  Free agency, it's stressful."  ARE U KIDDING ME??  I'll take on any kind of stress for 250 million.  That was probably the BEST and DUMBEST comment for 2011!!  Somebody nominate her for an ESPY!!

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