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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 8, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:34 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Couldn't have happened to a better franchise. Glad poop holes is out of the NL Central .... Hate the Cardinals.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:21 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

it's not about the money when you have enough money....apparently, albert must be short a few pesos.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:07 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

I have said it before and will say it again, this all about money for the entire league. Most major sports want the big name players to change teams. This gives them the opportunity to sell their new teams  shirts and memorabila. Right now their is a two month wait to get a Tim Tebow uniform. I guarantee he will be traded, probably to a Florida team within the next two years, when his Denver uniform sales are exhausted. Don't lay all the lack of loyalty on the players. The entire league will profit from this move.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:33 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Shrek17:

That offer was pulled before Pujols was making his final decision. When it was on the table, Pujols/Lozano were still trying to get the Cardinals to pay that much. Then the Marlins signed Buehrle and removed the offer. That's when the Angels jumped in.

- Matt



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:24 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

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

That chezwitty is the most humble person I know.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:22 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

Cardinals get to draft picks For losing Albert. Get one for dotel



Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:16 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

lets wait a minute mr. snyder, lets get ALL the facts straight here.
pujols indeed DID LEAVE MONEY on the table, the miami marlins offered him 275m.
I dont know about you guys, but 21m is a lot of money that can be used over someones lifetime.
miami wouldnt budge on the no-trade clause and thats what mattered to albert.
so the money matters yes, but if you give kudos to cj wilson for leaving money, so did albert.
i agree with tony on this one, both sides did what they had to do and what they felt was best, i just feel like both sides didnt articulate or communicate it very well.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:30 pm
 

La Russa talks about 'unavoidable' Pujols signing

LaRussa knew Albert was going to leave long before he signed.  That is why LaRussa left the Cards then a week later said he wants back in baseball.
LaRussa didn't give a crap about it all after the WS, and who blames him.  He said he was done coaching, but would be interested in getting back into the game (front office)



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:26 pm
 

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.


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Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:25 pm
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