ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Deidre Pujols, Albert's wife, spoke eloquently and passionately Saturday about the slugger's decision to forsake his longtime St. Louis home and sign a 10-year, $254 million deal with the Angels.
The couple's future had been up in the air since Pujols declined the Cardinals' nine-year, $195 million offer on the eve of spring training and declared that he would enter free agency this winter.
"You cannot prepare yourself" for something like this, Deidre Pujols said. "We did the same thing 12 years ago when Albert was drafted. You can try to not listen to what people say, and you can try and prepare in the moment. But you cannot prepare for when the moment comes.
"There are so many adjectives to describe the feeling. Broken-hearted and delighted, all at the same time."
Yes, she said, the process has been difficult for her, too.
"Listen, St. Louis, we made it our home," she said. "We have a lot of time invested in the community. You can't just get up and leave it like that.
"Now, it's more like we have an additional place to be [and call home]. We realize there is a lot of hurt. We're experiencing the same thing. That wasn't our intention in our decision.
"We're never going to stop loving St. Louis, and loving the people. I don't want Albert to be a possession. He was a human being. I can't tell you deeper than that. He's a man."