Pay That Man His Money
I’ve never stated that I know how to run a franchise or have experience in negotiating professional athletes salaries, but how in the world don’t you give Albert Pujols whatever he wants. I don’t care what the Cardinals have to do to keep Pujols on the team, but they need to do it. It’s time to start collecting cash from any means necessary. Start selling your own property, cars, first born childs, collect from your bookies, what have you. Frankly put, Pujols is the best hitter I’ve ever seen, and St. Louis needs to do whatever it takes to keep him there.
We as baseball fans, have had the privilege to witness the astonishing career Pujols has compiled during his decade in professional baseball. In 10 years, Pujols has dominated the sport like no other player has ever done.
In case, you haven’t noticed how talented this guy is, let me tell you, he’s a 3-time MVP, 2-time Gold Glover, ’01 Rookie of the Year, and has won a World Series. In addition, he’s won the Roberto Clemente Award, plenty of Silver Slugger Awards, the Hank Aaron Award twice, a batting title, maintains a career average of 42 HR a year, has had 100+ RBI in all 10 seasons, finished 2nd in MVP voting three times, a career .331 batting average, and recently discovered a cure for cancer. I mean, really what else does he need to do for the Cards to, as John Malkovich epically stated, “pay that man his money.”
5 Years? 10 years? You got it, Albert. The Cardinals need to make this deal happen. If they don’t, they will be responsible for the eventual collapse of the city of St. Louis. The Rams have been dismal as of late in post-Warner seasons, and the Blues have never won a Stanley Cup, the Cardinals are what keeps St. Louis sports on the map. Add in the fact that the bitter rival, Chicago Cubs, will have enough cap space soon to sign Pujols to a deal would lead to a LeBronish farewell to one of the best ever to play for the Cards, and everyone knows Wrigley Field is where careers go to die. Isn’t that right Alfonso?
According to ESPN and St. Louis GM John Mozeliak, Pujols and the Cardinals have agreed to a noon ET Wednesday deadline for contract extension talks, hopefully a deal will be in place by than, ultimately striking any chance Pujols signs to the always player hungry Yankees or the dreaded Cubbies.