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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: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:55 am
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Everyone is over analysing why he did what he did and wheather are not the Cards fans have a right to be upset.  Every small town who loses there Stars are pissed, bent. Human nature. Its like your High school sweetheart telling you i want to see other people but i still want to be friends.   What we are pissed about is his phoney ass stic its not about the money its about getting a  competitive offer and being on a winner.  He left for about 4 million more a year.  He will pay more in state taxes and property taxes living in Cali.  Oh yeah Cards are still champs.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:23 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Albert's statement that it's 'not about the money' is both true and not true at the same time. He would have taken less to stay in St Louis. I firmly believe this. But the Cardinals offer was just insulting. If the Florida Marlins are offering more than that's just pathetic. Albert felt insulted and unappreciated. If the Cards offered him 240/10 I think he would have stayed... but nobody in their right mind would turn down an extra 34 million dollars.



Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:05 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing



Take note:  Pujols  will  become the  Cardinal's  Bambino...  San Luis will  no win  a world serie in  the next 50  years... and you will see, Pujols  presence in Cardinal lineup was really too much  and now  who  they  got?Tongue out




Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:56 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Laughing Just for you?  Right now who is the best player  in  MLB? just  simple ... Pujols.. you think is Pujols were  older  mlb  wouldn't figure out... The fact  of the matter is the San Luis Own ership doesn't to  pay... Texeira  is making  180 millios 8 years,  Joe mauer  184   millios  8  years.. and you know how much  AR  is  making..  Business  are business  Pujols  already  gave Cardinals  2  world  Serie, so  if after all they don't  want to  pay  what he deserve, he has no choice.. to go out and help  a  team  who was able to pay his price..  My Congratulation!!!  to Anahein Angel..




Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:13 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Pujols numbers have declined the last three years (still best player in the game) and I believe that Pujols is much older than his listed age.  Good Luck being the DH, plus who will protect him?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:23 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Here's the bottom line.  There are way too many fans on these boards that believe these players are in this for the love of the game when in reality money is the bottom line and the only thing that matters.  Do championships matter to an athlete in any sport? Sure. But don't kid yourself, money is their number 1 priority and always will be, especially when the guy in questions ( Pujols) already has 2 championships in his career. 

If not for making the most money and athlete can make, why would Pujols sign another deal with anybody?  Do you think he hasn't made enough money so far in his career for the next 2 or 3 generations to live like kings and queens?  The ONLY reason he's still playing is MONEY....  and he'll take every penny he can get.    If there is another reason it's PRIDE....  there were 25 to 30 players almost every year making more money then Pujols who was clearly the best player in baseball during that time.  This was his chance to make up for all those years... and make up for those years is exactly what he did.  



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:58 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Pujols did not leave money on the table.  The Marlins are adimant they ONLY offered $220 million, but were prepared to offer $275 million if he'd agree to waive his no-trade clause.  He went for the highest bidder, with the contract he wanted.  Even his wife said they went for the higher offer.  However, here's the kicker, the Cardinals offered him 8 years and $200 million during the off-season.  That's $25 million per year.  He turned it down because he wanted to be paid when he knows he won't be productive.  Also, he was offered 5 years at $130 million by the Cardinals...again, he turned it down because he wanted the 10 year deal.
When Pujols turned down the Cardinals offer during the offseason, I knew it be his last season in St. Louis. In my opinion St Louis new offers was never going to be good enough, the only 2 question I had was where Pujols was going and how was St. Louis going to fill the hole in their lineup.

The only way the St. Louis was going to keep Pujols is having the best offer, and the other team be 20 million or more short of that offer.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:06 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

I totally agree and I think La Russa knew all along that Pujols was leaving because he knew the amount the Cardinals were offering Pujols wasn't enough and he would definitely got after the highest bidder. Pujols has his two rings so why would he stay with the cardinals and earn less than what he deserves and most american's would have done the exact same thing and signed with the Angels in a heart beat. If the cardinals wanted to keep him then they should have paid the man and I am a die hard cardinals fan. The cardinals are a bunch of cheap individuals and they don't want to pay and they want to pocket all the money and give none of it back. I tell you one thing the cardinals will have a reality check this season and they will lose this season and I predict 4th or 5th place in the division and 3rd if they are lucky but I doubt it. Pujols made a lot of other players around him and they stepped up their game but now that he is gone they will sink quickly and no starting pitchers fear anyone in the cardinals lineup. They do have a couple of good hitters in Berkman and the always injuried guy who they paid $127 mill for and hwo hasn't done anything in the playoffs but hurt our team and he can't stay healthy when it counts. If he get $127 mill then you darn right atleast give my boy Pujols $230 mill and 10 years! Come on man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:47 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Yeah commentposter, I bet you are really hating that THE CARDINALS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS...jealously is a terrible thing.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:02 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Shrek,

Pujols did not leave money on the table.  The Marlins are adimant they ONLY offered $220 million, but were prepared to offer $275 million if he'd agree to waive his no-trade clause.  He went for the highest bidder, with the contract he wanted.  Even his wife said they went for the higher offer.  However, here's the kicker, the Cardinals offered him 8 years and $200 million during the off-season.  That's $25 million per year.  He turned it down because he wanted to be paid when he knows he won't be productive.  Also, he was offered 5 years at $130 million by the Cardinals...again, he turned it down because he wanted the 10 year deal.

 


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