Alas, just when I was about to become a true fan of baseball again, it is looking highly unlikely that arguably the best player in the game today will be with my team longer than this next season. For the [St. Louis Cardinals] let [the deadline pass] without making [Albert Pujols] on offer that he couldn’t refuse.
Subsequently, this has left me seeing red. No, not Cardinal red—boiling mad red! For I am too angry to spit over the Cardinals refusing to meet his demands, and just as flustered over Pujols demanding so much.
It has been reported that he seeking $30 million a year for 10 years, which boggles my mind, but when what he means to the team is factored in, is it really too much to ask? I mean, he has never had a bad season, and without him, the Cardinals would be doing well to stay out of the cellar of the [National League’s Central Division].
Besides, it’s not like the Cardinals cannot afford to pay him what he wants. For they are owned by [Anheuser-Busch], and the team has a quite rabid national following, which probably doesn’t have all that much to do with beer.
Yeah, having the means to pay is beside the point to most. “No one is worth that much,” is an old argument, and with millions still being without a paycheck of any amount, you would think that Pujols would be receiving death threats.
There might even be some justification for such extreme vitriol if he was taking food out of starving mouths, but Pujols’ [humanitarian efforts] are legendary. So, who is being hurt more by not paying him what the market will sustain?
No, I have no doubt that representatives from several teams will be lined-up at his locker after the last pitch of this coming season has been thrown, and with there being no salary cap in place, there is no telling how high the bidding will go. He wants to stay a Cardinal. Should they not pay him enough to make it worth his while?
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