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The Mighty Albert has Struck Out

Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:33 pm
Forget the money or how good a $254 million dollar deal will be when Pujol's is 40 years old and batting .250. He had the chance to truly be a baseball legend. It's obvious that his prodigious statistics will get Pujol's into Cooperstown, but an entire hall of fame career in one of the great baseball towns would have made him...<strong>legendary</strong>. <br /><br />St. Louis would literally have erected a statue of him. He would have never had to pay for a dinner ever again. To quote Ernie McCracken

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">"Finally Big Ern is above the law!"</blockquote>

Rogers Hornsby, Ozzie Smith, Stand Musial, Dizzy Dean, Lou Brock...<strong>Albert Pujols?</strong> Not anymore.<br /><br />Albert already has two World Series championship rings (2006, 2011). How many more would he have won in St. Louis within the next ten years? Probably as many as he (will) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I'd like to think it would be a little more special to look down at those big mits and see one team on all of them.<br /><br />Now back to the money. The argument from most is simply that he earned it and he is doing what anyone would do to provide for their family. No one can argue with that and I'm certainly not in this blog entry. However, at some point up in the tens of millions, doesn't money become inconsequential? <br /><br />Perhaps his wife Diedre</a> just wanted to become an Orange County housewife? Raise the kids in sunny southern California as opposed to the cold winters of the midwest? To each their own. Albert and Diedre took out a full page ad</a> in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thanking Cardinals fans and the City.<br /><br />So he earned every penny and takes care of his family, but to take what equates to an extra $3 million per year in exchange for giving up baseball immortality in St. Louis? <br /><br />

<h3><strong>The Mighty Albert has struck out.</strong></h3>

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