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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."

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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Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:53 pm

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

What's all this BS about the "Personal Services Contract"   WTH are you people thinking?   Are you all that STUPID?   Seriously!   "Well, the Angels offered made me felt part of the family and called me a partner.   They offered me a 10 year services contract after my careeer"  -- Albert Pujols

Have any of you MORONS ever been to Spring Training or Opening Day?   Ex Cardinal players are all over the place.  The HOF's are everywhere and treated like gods by the baseball fans in STL.   Even non HOF's are all over Spring Training and at games.  Hell, our new manager, Matheny, has never even managed, but he is well respected in the organization.

So for Albert to NOT think he would be part of the Cardinals after his career, is total BS!   Seriously!   Just another EXCUSE!

Reading some of the quotes and some of the interviews with his wife, I think she lead a lot of this crap.   Ohh, a 5 yr deal for $130MM is a an insult??   I'm sorry, but why does Albert think that he should be paid until he's 42, and paid as one of the top players?   Name the last great player to play past 37 and have a good year?   (not including the steriod era)     If the Angels want to pay him $25MM / Year for years 37-42 and Albert thinks he's gonna be the "best player" in baseball - best of luck to you.

Just because you are Albert Pujols doesn't mean we should have to pay you a crap load of money when you will not be productive.   Hopefully they find a Halo big enough to fit over that BIG OLD HEAD!!! 

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:18 pm

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

can't really blame pujols for taking the $254 million, PLUS the 10-year personal services contract.
STL just couldn't match it, or even come close.  the 3 BILLION dollar TV deal gave the angels enough
$$$ to offer albert WHATEVER it took.

unfortunately, albert & his wife diedre's statements to the press, after the deal...
were embarrasing & contradictory.  they shoulda just kept their mouths shut,
instead of PROVING it was really all about the money.

on top of that, the "god" statements made it all the more ridiculous.
apparently "god" told them NOT to stay in STL ?!

just a couple years ago, he said during an interview "why go somewhere else for 3-4 million per year",
when he had everything he wanted/needed in STL.
guess he has a bad memory.

thanks for the GREATEST 11 YEARS EVER, albert.
too bad you gave up being a STL idol forever.... for 4 million more per year.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:14 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. I don't blame Pujols though. The Cards would have been well served to thrpw that 10 year personal services deal on the backend of his contract like the Halo's did. Signing him may have also got them that $3 billion TV contract. I guarantee you without the signing of Pujols the Halo's would have never received that offer from Fox.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:59 pm

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Well said.

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:50 pm

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

 Both sides  did what they thought was right for each other. The Cards weren't cheap and Pujols wasn't greedy. Give the Cards a 3 billion dollar tv contract and they would have signed Pujols. Pujols never tried to create problems when a lot of other players would have wined until they got more money or traded to a team who would pay him more. He played out the contract he signed and did his best to help the Cards win. How is that being greedy? 

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:40 pm

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Pujols was right when he said "its not about the money."  For 11 years -- including 9 times in the top-5 for MVP voting -- he was never paid a top-15 salary, and only once paid in the top 25 -- in 2006 when he was 17th.  For 11 years. as the best player in the game, he proved that for him it was not all about money. 

When it became the Cards turn to step up during the second half of his career, THEY decided it was all about the money.  That's their choice to make.  But stop bashing Pujols for it.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:15 am

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Let it go already.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:28 am

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

I'm so tired of this arguement.  Who here is going to honestly type that they wouldn't leave their exhisting job for one in the exact same field for 30-35% more money.

If you are about to type I would, please save us the indignation of reading your lies.

And the point about the average family is also moot.  Their is nothing average about professional athletes.  Thet are among the less than .1 % of the planet that can do what they do.
Spare us, please!!!
Athletes are not average?
It's purely the money they've made they sets them apart, but give me a friggin break if $210 million isn't enough to get by for the next 100 years.
It's just ABSOLUTELY going to take $254.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:25 am

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

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.
Cause copying and pasting a text takes so long, regardless of how long that text is????

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:25 am

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Just imagine, if you will, how much the first person to actually turn down a quarter of a BILLION dollars will be revered...I know, I know that why I said imagine.

If that person ever shows up, they will have to eek by with only, say, $15-20 MILLION a year. Surely, he can use coupons a few times.


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