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La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:06 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


The Cardinals losing Albert Pujols was "unavoidable," says former manager Tony La Russa, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The now-retired manager seemed to defend both the Cardinals and Pujols -- who signed a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Angels -- and La Russa instead specifically blamed "the system."

"I know it was a painful decision and it pains [Pujols] now," La Russa said (Post-Dispatch). "He deserves what he got. He earned it. There's no bad guy here. I think the Cardinals went where they thought they should go. If they can't go farther, they shouldn't."

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The full story, written by Joe Strauss, is definitely worth a read and I'm not going to sit here and copy and paste the thing. Just go read his original version. La Russa was mostly being political in trying to defend both sides, though he certainly seemed intellectually and emotionally honest. It sounds like he truly loves the Cardinals organization, Cardinals fans and Pujols, so La Russa obviously wasn't going to bash anyone. He did point out one glaring mistake, though.

"I think he made a mistake when he said it wasn't about the money," La Russa said (Post-Dispatch). "If the Angels had offered the same exact thing he would have gone back to the Cardinals. I think his point was he was ready to sign for less than the best offer. I think he's sincere. I think he was trying to make it work. But you had a club that made an overwhelming offer."

And that's the point. People who make five figures a year don't want to hear about how it's not about the money when a player signs with the highest bidder. We aren't stupid. If you are going to say it's not all about the money, you better be like C.J. Wilson and actually leave money on the table -- putting your money where your mouth is, if you will. Taking the most money doesn't make someone a bad person. Far from it. I've long defended athletes who take the highest offer because most human beings would do the same. But if you sign the contract with the most money, patronize the fans in a different manner -- saying it's not about the money just doesn't sound honest. And there's no way to prove otherwise.

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Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:40 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Yanks also offered Lee 160 but it was over 7 years, not 6, which is actually less per year.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:31 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Hey Borbes,
I think I found the guy not in his right mind. I think Cliff Lee left somewhere in the neighborhood of that amount on the table last year by turning down the Yankees.

No. Yankees offered Lee 140 over 6. He signed with Philly for 135 over 6... so he turned down only 830k a year. If the Cards had made it this close, I believe he would have stayed. But instead they chose to low ball him.



Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:48 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

r u kidding me pujols is one of the greatest players of all time and ur trashing him because he took more money u would have done the same thing u  do not know anything about pujols and what he is about.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:28 am
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Wow I didn't even know Pujols tried to say it wasn't about the money. Is he delusional??



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 8:17 am
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

PUJOLS = SELL OUT! reason albert didnt take more money in florida is bc he is too much of a coward to face the cardinals in the national league. this coward also sends his wife to explain what happend! come on man! sell your wife out too and leave her high and dry? way to throw away the rest of your career on a crappy angels team. angels so stupid that they have there entire franchise invested in 2 players. while david freese is winning the redbirds a world series, albert pujols is in the dugout thinking about how maybe he shouldnt have called his own hit-and-run that lost the redbirds a game in the world series. w/ pujols numbers on the decline the past few seasons, the angels reward captain sell-out a 254 million dollar deal at age 32 (in jan)??? seriously? i think the angels are paying pujols for the last 10 years instead of the next 10 years. the angels are fools and over 300 million dollars later, can think of 5 teams that i would rather put money on in the AL to win  the ALCS. albert pujols had a chance to go down in cardinal lore as the greatest cardinal ever and now u are forgotton. u didnt see jeter sell-out the yankees over some contract dispute.....im just saying. 



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:54 am
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

It is always about the money with these guys.  Pujols has been argubly the best at his position since coming into the majors.  He deserves it, why begrudge him?  I saw him a couple years ago in St. Pete and he signed autographs for about 30 mins before the game.  A lot of these guys won't give the fans the time of day.  I wish him good luck as he appears to be an honest, good hitting, dedicated ballplayer.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:15 am
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

It showed Cardinal fans last year with  about 95% of fans  wearing number 5 Pujols Jerseys.. Are fans  going to wear these next year ,buy  generic Cardinal Jerseys, or just go to games in sports shirts?



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:50 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

"Taking the most money doesn't make someone a bad person. Far from it. I've long defended athletes who take the highest offer because most human beings would do the same."

I disagree.  Lots of people pass up better jobs in other towns because the people you know and the community you live in are more important than a few extra bucks.  Does it make him a bad person?  No.  Would most people move to a different city for a 13% increase in salary?  No.



Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:10 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Se Habla english?



Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:08 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

@borbes,    hmmm, just 9 months ago, Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies and took $30MM less, instead of signing with the Yankees.    Guess he's an idiot also...   at least a RICH one!!


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