Pujols to Cubs: Sorry, but it’s still hot in Hell
Albert Pujols is the belle of the ball right now, with very good reason. As I stated earlier this week, Pujols is one of the greatest ballplayers of all time & deserves an astronomical contract. He’s as close to a Cyborg as any human could possibly be.
Current ESPN commentator and Chicago native Michael Wilbon recently wrote about the possibility of Prince Albert playing at home in Wrigley Field. Wilbon and many other Cubs fans I’m sure are thrilled at the possibility of having a future Hall of Famer join the roster, but it frustrated me on two different avenues.
(1) Cubs and Cardinals have been bitter divisional rivals since the 1800’s.
I don’t understand this concept, especially lately. Doesn’t it mean anything to the players anymore who the division rival is? A player plays so many years on one franchise, brings them success, plays tough against the rival, becomes a fan favorite, and then decides to jump ship and go against the fans he gained, and play for the bitter rival. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Johnny Damon is a prime example of this nonsense. Damon was one of the most popular and talented players in Boston. He was a major component of bringing the first World Series title in over 80 years to the Red Sox organization, and then signed a deal with the hated rival Yankees. The guy was so beloved in Boston, but said nuts to that and shipped off to New York. Some other recent examples of this Benedict Arnold act is Brett Favre going to Green Bay rival, Minnesota Vikings, and Ex-Rays outfielder Carl Crawford signing with divisional rival Red Sox.
A special shout out to Ryan Theriot for his comments on nasty rivalries, as he expressed his distaste for the Cubs organization and headed to rival St. Louis this year. Also, legendary Dodger, Jackie Robinson reportedly refused to play for the rival Giants late in his career. Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto famously gave his destructive opinions toward divisional rival Chicago last year. This brings me to my next skewed point;
(2) Albert Pujols deserves more.
In my rather biased opinion, the Chicago Cubs have to be one of the most unsuccessful and putrid franchises in all of baseball. They haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years, they blame their lack of success on goats, curses, and Bartmans, and if you google “loveable losers” they come up first. Try it. Sad, I know.
Every couple years, the Cubbies seem to pony up enough money to grab a big name player, but typically his career descends as a result. Recent signings of at the time, perennial hall of fame caliber players, like Nomar Garciaparra (who was selected as an all star in his first year post-cubs) and Alfonso Soriano (who has yet to reach over 80 RBI or 35 HR as a Cub) have seen their careers take a tumble as a result of playing where Chicago White Sox Manager, Ozzie Guillen once stated “I puke every time I go there.”
Pujols doesn’t deserve to have his career lambasted for moving on to a rival and ultimately see his talent decrease as a result. It will be interesting to see what the Cardinals do to keep their man in St. Louis, but whatever the result, I just hope he realizes $30Mil a season is absurd and ultimately stays with the team that drafted him.