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Pujols Thanks Fans In Newspaper Ad

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In conclusion: Thanks, mang.
Albert Pujols has a message to Cardinal Nation -- if anyone happens to stumble across it.

The words from the newest member of the Los Angeles Angels can be found buried waaaay back on page C10 of the sport section in today's Post-Dispatch. In a full-page, paid advertisement, Pujols writes: 
I want to thank each and every one of you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for the love and support you have shown me and my family for the past 11 years. In my time with the Cardinals, I have been fortunate enough to play on championship teams, and in front of championship fans. This community has reached out and embraced me, and for that I am truly humbled and grateful.
My decision to leave has been incredibly difficult, and your support is the biggest reason why. While I am excited about this new chapter in my life, it was very important to me to let you know that St. Louis has been, and will always remain in my heart. I have been honored to be able to wear the Cardinal uniform the last 11 seasons, and I want to thank the entire Cardinals organization, my teammates, coaches, managers and staff for everything they have given to me as well.

We call St. Louis home and my family and I are so blessed to have made lifelong relationships in St. Louis that we look forward to continuing for many years to come, and words cannot fully express our gratitude to you all.

Thank You and God Bless,
Albert and Deidre
Frankly, I feel Rick Ankiel's similar ad last spring was sweeter and a lot more sincere. But what do you think? A classy move on Pujols part? Or little more than a duplicitous PR strategy? 

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Marlene Forney
Marlene Forney

This is a case of damned if you do damned if you don't. Mr. Pujols wanted some things that the Cardinals couldn't/wouldn't provide. He left them on an upswing helping them win another World Series. Professional sports is BUSINESS. No matter all the nostalgia of baseball as America's pastime the sport-teams-players and Yes the fans are all in it for making a living (fantasy league, betting, etc.).

Mr. Pujols did well to place the ad. His motives might not have been limited to fond wishes, and have a healthy dose of PR. But he made the gesture, a courteous and honorable one.

Because someone else did it, does not reflect negatively on Mr. Pujols. Remember he anted up for a full page ad. He is a bigger star and better player that Mr. Ankiel and would have been faulted for less. Yet somehow no one is 'satisfied'.

So easy to criticize, so hard to simply accept.

Double Bubba 13
Double Bubba 13

Just another PR gimmick probably paid for by his agent.  What is the most disappointing thing is that it's obvious now that Pujol$ is not the man he was portrayed to be, it was just about the money. Please do not frequent his restaurant, do not give to his charity and please throw that statue in the Mississippi River.  Do not welcome him back to St. Louis, he does not deserve to ever wear a Cardinal cap again, not even in the Hall of Fame.  Sometimes life is more than business...heroes and role models cannot be bought so don't ever think of Pujol$ as a hero or role model.  His testimony is tarnished forever.  Actions do indeed speak louder than words.

Greatnews
Greatnews

This is getting so old... Newspaper ads my ass... The last person to make sense with such an ad was Johnny Damon, and when was that, 1985?

Jcal752
Jcal752

The Cardinals are a business,  A ST Louis tradition, yes. Nevertheless a business, a mega corporation.  Nothing really to do with STLouis or ST Louisians; from its primary mission as a for profit institution.  Baseball in 2011 is Corporate sports gone insane with mega hype, media, marketing, lights, music/noise...mind numbing imagery; all primarily to the tune of Greed. 

We perpetuate that.  We pay for that. The Angel fans will now pay for the 33 million per year.   The mega corporatocracy that is the ST Louis Cardinals, and big buck players like Albert ( or as the Cardinal General Manager referred to him as...a 'Product') sadly want your money first, your unbridled, unthinking loyalty, attention, your energy, all to keep the money flowing their way.  Sadly, that is ML baseball in 2011.  

Baseball_Scam
Baseball_Scam

With Baseball 75% outsourced and most all of the managers jewish, taxpayers footing the bill for the stadiums and subsidizing players salaries when will you people wake up to the social scam of pro-sports?

Bernard
Bernard

If he was so honored to play here for a winning team and in front of championship fans, why did he leave for more money? WWJD? obviously jesus would leave for more money

Reynolds Cole10
Reynolds Cole10

Its very sincere. Im a lifelong cardinal fan and i hate to see albert go, but thats the game of basball today. Musials and williams type careers are a thing of the past. Its a money game and each year we see examples of it more and more. Cardinals could have giving him the same contract but they didnt because its just not good and a huge gamble for the future of your franchise. If anheim is willing to put that up for him it doesnt change my opinion on albert, hes still the best player ive ever seen (so-far). Albert still has roots in missouri and with the cardinals and always will. Maybe there will never be a pujols monument outside busch but i know this will work out for us as well as its lookin to work out for the angels.

GDM
GDM

all that is is bullshit PR. fuck him & his agent up the ass with a rusty nail

Pat
Pat

Have any of you haters thought that maybe you all have been duped by the Cardinal owners? Do you have proof that they really offered Albert 198? 220? or what ever other numbers that were "leaked". The owners are spinning this so they don't look like the greedy pirates that they are. Albert gave us 11 great years of baseball, and 11 years of giving to our community and giving millions of dollars and his personal time to his homeland where the government is so corrupt that the poor have no medicine or mattresses. Have any of you stood in a jungle holding a dead infant, Deidre Pujols has. People here and in the PD make light of Albert and Deidre's faith. Albert is  "Changing the world one statement at a time....". His stage is baseball.... his purpose is not. I am not a religious person but I have to respect someone  who quietly goes through life trying to make life better for others. The only time you see what Albert and Deidre have been doing with their money is when you attend the annual fundraiser O"Night Devine. The videos of their missions  are heart wrenching. I know this may all sound like I have been drinking the koolaid, whatever.  My 9 year old grandson said today" Mom, I know we don't watch American League, but we're going to have to start to because we're fans of Albert.  An his grandma is will be getting MLB.TV.  The truth will come out about how the Cardinals treated Albert and hopefully the haters will remember how quickly they jumped on that bandwagon.

Rodney J. McVey
Rodney J. McVey

Absolutely a PR strategy. A man who for a bit over 35 million greenbacks more, sold his "word."  He always said he wanted to be another icon like The Man Stan. "It is not about the money."  Now looking for a PR strategy to cover up his lying ways. I hope the money was worth it. He is sure to lose money on his business/s here as fan will soon "forget" who he is. Luckily, on the west coast, we will hardly ever see him on t.v.  It will cause the memories of him to fade faster.  Ankiels ad was totally unexpected, and therefore, easy to say that it was most certainly heart felt.

Kitty
Kitty

His English sure improved dramatically and suddenly in this letter...

Godzillamonsters
Godzillamonsters

Of course you feel Ankiel's ad was more sincere - he's not Hispanic.  It's amazing how no one questioned Joe Mauer's much more ridiculous contract - which he didn't even have to ask for. No one questioned Larry Walker's age, even though he's a foreigner.  Everybody in St. Louis falls all over Freese, but no one mentioned the two (TWO) DUI's, which is far more offensive than taking the best offer out there.  

Albert gave 11 of the greatest seasons in baseball history - and two championships.  Not to mention is the most philanthropic player in baseball, with or without an accent.   

If the team wanted him that bad, it would have torn up the contract in 2007 right after Arod signed his 10 year deal, and given him the same.  But they held him to that steal of a deal that his broke agent signed in 2003.  But if his name was Albert Parsons and put up the same numbers, you'd have have given him the Mauer deal.

St. Louis 4 Life
St. Louis 4 Life

Money can buy a lot of things but it never really seems to buy championships.  Especially not right away.  Just ask the Yankees, the Miami Heat, and a host of other teams that have tried to buy a ring.  Albert Pujols is a fantastic player, however St. Louis Fans seem to become too attached to their sports figures.  The Cardinals have a history of not retaining fan favorites.  Look over the years at people that were either traded or released by the Cardinals.  (Keith Hernandez, Terry Pendleton, etc).  At the end of the day it is about business, thus it is about the money.  Albert chose to make statements that seemed right at the time, however he always knew in his heart that it was about the money.  Let's face it, any one of us would leave our current job for a significant pay increase like the one albert just received.  Don't hate the player...hate the game.

Whyaskwhy?
Whyaskwhy?

If Albert Pujols declined/ was injured and his stats faded, the fans would have no problem with the Cardinals releasing him, loyalty goes both ways and star athletes are dumped when they are no longer needed. Why is it wrong to go somewhere else on your own terms?

Baumer1939
Baumer1939

You are as short sighted as the upset fans. Albert gave STL 11 great years. For that I am very thankful, and I wish him continued success!

Golmer_2006
Golmer_2006

You left cause we are good fans? That makes no sense. Thanks for nothing pooholes. Should have joined lebron in miami you jerk. You got alot to learn about loyalty.

Yalltalktoomuch
Yalltalktoomuch

The issue of money and loyalty is something he brought up.  Don't say "it's not about the money", "it's about winning", etc if you can't back it up.  HE brought up that it wasnt about money.  HE brought up that his concern was the organization putting people on the field to be competitive.  The guys who keep saying " who here wouldnt take a better paying job yada yada" should stop and think about what they are saying.  Of course most would, but they wouldnt go around the office saying "it's not about he money and i wanna stay in this job".  Face it, it hurts because we spend to support our team from which he was paid.  He received our support because of who he was and who he played for.  It hurts because the almighty dollar won...again.   As for coming back, who in their right mind would spend 10 years on SoCal and then come back here to the land of cold and sweat?  haha

Camusmuse
Camusmuse

Albert was supposed to be one of the "different" players.  He got me to like baseball again.  I was so tired of players coming and going like a merry go round spinning just a bit too fast.  He promoted and promised loyalty, to his team, to St. Louis, and to his fans.  That's what I liked most about him, "It wasnt about the money" he said time and time again....it was about mutual respect.  Boy was I wrong...  Well at least he finally showed his true colors, he doesn't deserve our respect, love, or loyalty....or our MONEY for that matter.  Now that we know his real character, or lack there of, I say good riddance.  Albert, you will fit right in L.A./Anaheim, plenty of self-absorbed, greedy, narcissists out there.  But instead of paying a publicist to clean up your trail of lies and deceit, why dont you do something more symbolic, more real(I know that must be a difficult concept for you)..  Take down that statue you put up of YOURSELF, at  Westport.  I guess you already knew when you put it up that you weren't getting a statue at Busch Stadium along side the REAL heroes of Cardinal history. Take your statue, your restaurant and the rest of your "legacy" with you.  You are not welcome here any mor.  You will be remembered, not for your achievements, but for how you turned your back on St. Louis.....out of pure greed.   

hatesuburbs
hatesuburbs

Great theory white trash! Glad to read your 'it's all the joos!' bullshit on every. single. story. Gotta love retarded inbred fucks like yourself.

Camusmuse
Camusmuse

Do you have proof that they didnt offer what was "leaked"?  Didnt think so...Albert didnt "give" us anything, we PAID for it, just like we paid for all their philanthropic endeavors.  If they were truly the saints you make them out to be then why dont they give ALL their money to "save the world", since you seem to claim that is what his "purpose" is.....   and its obvious that they have not gone "quietly" through life with all their good deeds, in fact their PR people cant seem to go a paragraph without mentioning something they have done for the "community".  They even make "heart wrenching videos" to show how "good" they are.  Fact:Albert lied(even if it was a lie of omission the entire season) about his loyalty to his fans.  If those are the kind of role models you want for your 9yo,,,,thats up to you....as is giving more money to MLB.  The "truth" will never come out, just conjecture..."believe" what you want....and enjoy the grape koolaid.  Am I a hater.....yes....I hate what MLB has done to baseball and its players, and seemingly everyone "involved", and playing along..  It all about money now....   

Guest
Guest

MLB Network reported the message was put in the paper by LeBron's (oops, Pujols') wife.

Rich B
Rich B

 You're an idiot. The FIRST season after the Yankees signed CC, Tex, and AJ, they won the WS. So what exactly are you babbling about?

Camusmuse
Camusmuse

I dont hate the game.  I love the game.  I hate the "professional" players, executives, and agents who have ruined the game by turning it into a business solely for profit. I guess I should thank Albert for giving me a glimmer of hope for the game, even if it was based on lies.  I'm sorry you confuse "attachment" with loyalty.  I realize that loyalty is a foreign concept these days.  FWIW....."anyone of us" cannot compare our salaries and lives to someone who makes hundreds of millions of dollars to play a "game".  How much money does he REALLY need? 

Guest
Guest

I still admire Pujols as a player, but his personal cred just went away for me. Go Cards!!

El_Bobo
El_Bobo

Wow you are insane. So much for the great fans of St. Louis. He's possibly the greatest hitter in history. He certainly should be paid like one, and it sure wasn't going to happen with the Cardinals lowball offer. Not only do you insult him, you insult the people of LA. How ignorant and naive are you? You've definitely changed the way how I view Cardinal fans.

Perspective. Try it.
Perspective. Try it.

To the point about "mutual respect", you need to review your history. The Cardinals brass could've extended him TWO. YEARS. ago. They didn't. If they saw Pujols as an absolute priority, they would have gotten it done. End of story. Instead, they waited and the contract landscape changed (see: Ryan Howard, et al). Does that sound respectful to you? To string along the face of your franchise for two seasons? You don't think there was some resentment built up?

To your point about winning, I don't know if you've noticed or follow baseball, but Anaheim has a pretty damn good team and adding Pujols and C.J Wilson instantly make them even better. By dishing out over $300M over the past week, it's pretty easy to see they aren't reluctant to spend etiher. Perhaps Pujols felt that DeWitt's self-imposed salary ceiling of ~$110M couldn't keep producing winners, especially considering the greenest of green horn managers now at the helm. The Cardinals vowed not to pay Pujols for his past performance; if they want to keep their eyes on the future, why can't he do the same?

As much as you and countless others have vilified Albert, touting him as some money-grubbing, disloyal, heartless, pathetic excuse for a man, if you don't think this was the most difficult decision he's ever had to make, for the aforementioned and numerous other reasons I won't get into, you're insane. Incidentally, he didn't pay to have that statue built outside of Pujols 5; it was donated.

Now, I won't sit here and lie to you. It breaks my heart that he won't be donning the birds on the bat this or any other spring for the next decade. I wanted the storybook ending. I wanted to see that last Pujols at bat in Busch, with the endless, roaring standing ovation from an entire city pouring out nothing but the utmost respect and sincerest gratitude for an amazing career and even more amazing man. Everyone wanted that and I'm positive he did too. It didn't happen and it's gonna sting for a long, long time. Instead of being petty and spending the rest of your life bitter and pissed off about how things "should have been", be thankful for how they were. For 11 amazing, exhilarating, Hall of Fame years. And move on.

Tuffie
Tuffie

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Check it out Tuffie Tuff Guy I wrote a song for you. Sing it to the tune of Spiderman

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In the chill of night At the scene of a anti-semite hate crime Like a streak of light He arrives just in time.

Tuffie Tuff Guy, Tuffie Tuff Guy Friendly neighborhood Tuffie Tuff Guy Wealth and fame He's ingnored Action is his reward.

To him, life is a great big bang up Whenever there's a raysis with a hang up You'll find the Tuffie Tuff Guy man.

Lil_Tuffie_Tuff_Guy
Lil_Tuffie_Tuff_Guy

Woooooo!!! Yeah, jooz got a lil tuff guy on their side, Lil tuffie, Ewwwww Tuffie don't hurt us Tuffie, Lil Tuffie Tuff Guy. Lil Tuffie, where are you Lil Tuffie?

Tuffie
Tuffie

Lil tuff guy huh? You here to defend the juze honor tuffie? You wanna fight tuffie? Here Tuffie Tuffie. Tuffie come out to play, Tuffie!

Baseball_Scam
Baseball_Scam

Look it's not my fault that you like it in the ass.

Pat
Pat

Actually you don't know what information I have. It is not my place to give that. But it will come out. The Cardinal management lied when they said they offered Suppan 10m when he was actually offered 8m. He went to Milwaukee for 10. They lie, they are the 1 percent. They want to appear like they did all they could do and it wasn't their fault that Albert left. They could have signed Albert 2 years ago but they thought they could keep getting the deal they had. I never said nor has Albert said he will "save the world" he just wants to do what he can in his homeland and for children and adults with down syndrome. He would hope others would do what little they can do to make those less fortunate have a better day. I have been on the receiving end of their concern for myself and my family when we had a personal tragedy. Yes, as a result of my contact with the Pujols my life has changed. It is easy to sit and speculate about things that other people do without knowing the facts. And yes I am glad my Grandson has chosen to be loyal to a man like Albert. Thank goodness he hasn't chosen someone who is quick to throw someone under the bus without really knowing what really led to these decisions. You can hate the MLB but will you stop watching baseball. Not me, I love baseball, and will watch as much as I possibly can and can't wait for it to start up again. Try and get over this. You can't change anything you can only change yourself. Happy Holidays.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Well I'm sure plenty of Cardinal fans are torn the fuck up over how some West coast cocksucker looks down on us now. So we don't idolize an over paid asshole who wanted to cripple our team by taking up half it's payroll and walked and the stupid fucks who overpaid fr him and will end up regretting it the first time they see him trot to 1st base on a slow rolling ground ball? Boo fucking hoo. Meanwhile if you haven't noticed while Pujols and his cunty wife ignore you guys out there they keep talking to the media here trying to convince everyone how much they really still love St. Louis. Perhaps you should ask him why he isn't focusing on his new team and new fans instead of trying to convince us all that he wishes he would have stayed?

Camusmuse
Camusmuse

"MY history"?  I dont think that anyone will really know what went on behind closed doors...maybe they knew two years ago Albert was a timebomb.  He still has to pass his physical for the Angels though....so who knows.  Furthermore, we as fans, are mere spectators....again....I can only imagine what the inner workings of the "brass" consisted of.  I do find it interesting that LaRussa and Albert jumped ship at the same time, time will tell who else flies off the merry go round.  I dont think Albert was the face of the franchise, the TEAM was, at least that what Albert used to say all the time.  Yes, Albert did alot for the team, but team also did alot for him, as did the rest of us.  How about the "Albert Tax" on season ticket holders.....ones that JUST paid for tickets before Albert jumped ship.  Is Albert totally to blame, of course not...its the whole of MLB, or I should say the business of MLB.  That was my main point that seems to have sailed over your head like a Pujols line drive HR.  Did he take the high ground, and stay for the sake of the team, the fans, no....he just became another "player" another part of the problem.  What a great legacy it would of been to take less money, stay here and donate ALL of it to charity.....yeah, I know.....that will never happen. 

What point do you think I made about winning?  But since you brought it up....they didnt make to the post season last year, did they?(Really dont know, I'm a Cards fan).  But I guess if you cant create your own talent you can always buy it, and I think that just what the "Angels" have done.  AFAIK we have a great farm system and lots more talent coming up.  Plus I dont think that Cards Brass was given a blank check like the Angels were to go out and spend what it takes to win a WS. 

Next....so you know what Albert thinks?  You KNOW this was the most difficult decision he has ever made???  I truly envy your incredible(literally) powers.  He probably worries more about what awful color Lamborghini he is going to buy this month.  .....FWIW if you think I'm insane, why even reply to my OPINION.....that come from MY perspective.  IF you have something to say, fine....it is a "free" country after all....or was it "donated"? 

Perhaps you are the one that needs a tour around perspective....maybe a few different ones.....  

Tuffie
Tuffie

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Tuffie
Tuffie

lOoK oUt HeRe CoMeS - Lil Tuffie Tuff Guy, Heez a Notzeee Killa and all around BAD ASS - Fighting accurate stereotypes of minorities with HATRED and RACISM for Whites.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Shut the fuck up and learn to spell idiot. I know one thing for sure, no 'joo' invented crystal meth, gotta blame that one on one of your white trash toothless inbred ancestors, perhaps your uncle dad. It's no 'joos' fault that your family tree doesn't fork. Can't blame the 'joos' that your momma is your sister.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I laugh at how much time you dedicate to the people you hate

Anonymous
Anonymous

what in the goddamn blue fuck are you talking about

Tuffie
Tuffie

You're totally a badass, your pappy was a badass and your grandpappy was a badass. Matter of fact your whole family are badasses. It's a damn good thing they haven't sent you to Iran. Shit! It would be two hits. Your boots hitting the dirt dropping from a blackhawk and the entire country of Iran hitting the ground! You would have wiped out of the Notzees single handedly because you're a total badass.

Tell us the story how (using your words) "it was the Catholics that crucified Jesus Christ.  Poncho Pilot was a Catholic. Ummm why do you think they were called "Roman Catholics"."

We'd like that story from a Tuffie Tuff guy that "killed them gooks in Nam" Isn't that what you called em Tuffie, gooks? Women and Children in Vietnam that didn't know jews were the Master Race and needed killing?

Guest
Guest

The truth hurts, Tuffie, doesn't it? Get some help. You're obviously very angry & all it does is wreck your health. When was your last checkup, Kid?

Guest
Guest

Funny that you mention the military, Tuffie: I served & did the right thing--you hateful fool--for five years. After making SSG, absorbing some shrapnel, & doing the Drill Sgt gig, I got my Honorable Discharge. BTW, what's w/the "Hillbilly" hate? I'm a Princeton grad--merit scholarship. I'm currently a doc. I work with the dangerously mentally ill, folks like, it appears, you. I can add the "dangerously stupid" to my patient-list, so as to assist you with your special needs. See you in our maximum security unit. I'm done talking with you until we can provide you with proper care, you sad puppy.

Tuffie
Tuffie

Hey hillbilly anytime you want you can join the military and go on over and get killed or dismembered in their wars? What do you say hillbilly? Put your mouth where your disinformation is?

Tuffie
Tuffie

Another Tuffie Tuff Guy and  Nottzeee Killa spinnin his mythology about the self-chosen Chosenites that chose themselves to be Chosen.

Guest
Guest

Inevitably, the lowest of the low scapegoat...Jews. After all, Jewish scientists manage to win nearly a 1/3 of Nobel Prizes in all categories, where winning is not about $, but rather about making a lasting, genius-level undiscriminating contribution to the world. Half of you haters would be dead without a myriad of Jewish scientists who've helped medicine advance. And you KNOW that you'll go to Barnes-Jewish when the other hospitals tell you that there's no hope for you. All this when Jews constitute 0.02% of the world's population. What have you done for civilization lately, Jew-hating trash (Cf. above moronic postings), since you got off the SS-payroll? What have you done for anyone? If you're hateful toward the proverbial "canary in the coal-mine," everyone else is in your sights. You can't be a bigot & truly love anyone: It poisons what little mind you've got. Sights...Fortunately, you're too drunk to aim.

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

Quit confusing me with your little brother you redneck fucktard. Just cause your momma and your daddy took turns on you for your 8th birthday doesn't mean that it's how it should be.

Camusmuse
Camusmuse

naive?  perhaps....maybe just a bit too idealistic.  you all win.....i digress.  

Night Rider
Night Rider

Are you really so naive as to not believe it's ALWAYS been about money? That's why it is called PROFESSIONAL baseball. The only reason players like Musial, Gibson, and so many other Cardinal and other baseball greats didn't leave was because they COULDN'T! Once they signed with a team, they were owned by that team for the rest of their life. If you don't think Musial, Ted Williams, DiMaggio or any of the other greats from baseball's past wouldn't have left for more money you are deluding yourself about how things were.

Pujols' career will most likely be over or nearly so in 10 years. He's due to make an incredible amount of money over that time, true, but what does he do after that? Live on adulation from fans, whose memories are notoriously short? How would you view him if he had taken the contract offered by the Cards, and his skills declined abruptly in the next 3-4 years? Or blew a knee, broke a wrist or arm, had back problems, or any of the other things that can happen in the blink of an eye in sports where large men swing pieces of wood and hit a ball traveling at 100+ mph? I can just hear you now ''What a waste of money, we should never blah blah blah....''

Albert Pujols doesn't owe you or anyone else a damn thing. He came, we payed and he played. And he gave us our money's worth. He never dogged it, never shifted blame, he gave 100%, and watched others make more money while doing less, and never complained. He has a skill set that allows him to do incredible things that most of us can only dream about doing. But it is limited to a very narrow window of opportunity, and a very competitive and limited field. In any business or job, it's always been a given that the last few years of your job where the ones where you maximized your earnings over your work lifetime. Hell, social security is based on that formula. For AP to not do the same thing would be, well, stupid, on his part. Let it go.

I know he made the statement a couple of years ago about money not mattering. That was before he found out how management really viewed him. I still don't think money was the issue. Respect was. It was apparent by the way he was treated in prior contracts, and the way he was treated in the 'negotiations' that they had prior to the beginning of the season. As someone else posted, tearing up his last contract and offering him a newer and better one a couple of years ago might have made all the difference....

As for the ad, I have no problem with it. Most of those whining about it aren't going to be happy no matter what he did or does. At least he cared enough to make the attempt. And given the response of some people to it, he should have told you to kiss his rich, multi-million-dollar-making-for-playing-a-game ass. But then that would have made him as classless as those so-called 'fans'.

Camusmuse
Camusmuse

Well....I guess I will just have to believe everything you say then, right?  You arre giving information that you admit you arent supposed to give though?  You have received "help" from Albert personally?  I guess I would be loyal to him too.  Funny how money(or whatever help you received) blinds people, even in legitimate dire circumstances like you describe.  But from a statistical point of view you are also 1%....that is someone who got some of our ticket money back for what I assume is a just cause.  You must also realize that you are basically a paid PR rep for Albert at this point, admittedly biased.

I will continue to love and watch baseball, just not at the professional level.  Albert just reconfirmed how corrupt MLB AND the players/agents really are.  Im glad you received the help you needed....and he changed your life for the better, but trust me...you are in the minority.  Not everyone has such luck to have a multi-millionaire "angel" to watch over them....and take care of them when they need it.  I guess since I am so quick to judge, I would not be deserving of his "generosity".  At what point should "judgment" be made though?

But perhaps you should watch what you say, revealing such top secret information may kill the goose that lays your golden eggs. 

FWIW....no Happy Holidays here, just a pile of bills....my priorities were WAY out of order when I spent the money to go to Game 3 against the Brewers this last season.  I really thought I was part of something special.  A once in a lifetime chance.....in retrospect....it really wasnt worth it.  Believe me, I will change myself(already have).....but I wont stop there.  People can change much more than themselves, even without help from Albert.     

El_Bobo
El_Bobo

Now I'm a cocksucker. I can't even get down to your retarded level. I'm not even an Angels fan, so chill your shit. I'm sure he loved St. Louis, but with the way you inbred assholes are talking about him, it's really easy to see why he left. Just two months ago, he was the greatest player ever according to Cardinal fans. I haven't heard one single bad word about Pujols in the past 11 years, all of a sudden he's terrible player and he's overpaid. Are your parents cousins or something? Is that how you ended up so fucking stupid?

Mike N.
Mike N.

Hey, they're 'graphic novels.'

Camusmuse
Camusmuse

but you took the time to reply.....guess its back to the comic books for ya huh?

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