Cardinal baseball, from the girls
“You know…. I’m really okay with this”
Yep, that was my shrug of a reaction upon hearing that Albert Pujols, “the greatest player in baseball,” accepted an offer from the Anaheim Angels for somewhere near $250 million for 10 years. That’s BIG money. Huge. Ginormous.
Good for Albert, getting the $$$’s to match his reputation. His legacy? Well, I guess that’s not such a game changer anymore. Pujols snagged his mega contract AND a ten-year NO TRADE CLAUSE (reportedly). That No Trade Clause issue was rumored to be the deal breaker between Pujols and the Marlins on Tuesday. So, there was some writing on the wall to warn us that Mr. Pujols was seriously moving beyond just testing other waters.
John Mozeliak should be commended. Sure, the “best player in baseball” left the building on his watch, but I fully expect history to look favorably on ol’ Mo here. He didn’t sink the ship to save the aging treasure chest.
This little corner of Cardinal Nation (well, ok, maybe just me) hasn’t shed a tear. I’m not going to riot or rant. Heck, honestly I’m not even really disappointed in Albert. He got a heck of an offer and he took it.
Today we were just reminded that baseball really is a business. Lance Berkman’s words have been stuck in my head all week: “It’s always about money. No matter what people say, it’s always about the money.”
Well now, Lance…. How do you feel about scootching on up to first base for 2012? OK? Thanks!
Moving on feels great actually. We can finally kiss all those “will he/won’t he” debates goodbye and look forward to 2012 which may just turn out to be the best flip of the apple cart that baseball has seen in a while.
Thank you, Mo!