Albert Pujols Is "Bitter" About The Way Cardinals Front Office Handled His Departure

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Albert Pujols loooves St. Louis, but is just a little tiny bit bitter about some aspects of his departure from the Cardinals.

The more he talked about St. Louis in his interview with Jon Paul Morosi, "the more he smiled." That is, until he stopped smiling.

"St. Louis is still a special place for me," Pujols told FOXSports.com in advance of his first-ever game against the Cardinals next week. "I still have my home there. I live there in the offseason. I enjoyed playing in front of 40,000 people every day. I tried to do my best to help the organization win. I had success there. We won two World Series. We went to three. That's something you can't take from me. I had great teammates and great memories. Those are things you're always going to take with you."

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"The reality is that city made me who I am today," Pujols said.

Here's interview footage, underscored by the cheesiest possible piano music possible:

In the interview, he apparently reminisced about his teammates, saying he stays in touch with Molina, Adam Wainwright, Jon Jay, Allen Craig and others and even spoke of his "appreciation for the team's devoted fans."

But it wasn't all positive. He said:

There's nothing bitter about it. It's tough that it didn't work out. It happens. I wasn't the first one it happens to do. It happened to Miguel Cabrera. It happened to Alex Rodriguez. It happened to Ken Griffey Jr. It happens to many players who play this game: At some time, they move along.

I think the only thing I'm bitter about is the way the front office handled it a little bit. I think they should have handled it a little better. I'm bitter about that. They tried to make me look like I was a bad guy. But that's OK. I'm a big boy. Besides that, I also understand there's nothing I can do. Even if I could take it back, I'm happy where I am right now. My goal is to focus and concentrate on what I need to do to help this ballclub win.

What did the front office do?

"It's something I don't want to talk about," he said. "They know what they did. I don't need to talk about that."

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Barbara Mohesky
Barbara Mohesky

His son is totally innocent in all this! He's the one who hears this crap and has to deal with people talking about his dad. I'm quite sure that most people, being offered $20M to take a new job, would probably jump at it too. Wonder if they'd give as much to charities as he does.

Jillian Beckerman
Jillian Beckerman

Right, he has a family, and his family couldn't have survived on $20M less that he would've been making if he stayed here, vs. leaving for CA? I feel no pity for him. He's more then loaded. He probably has financial advisers and makes MORE $ in interest..

Barbara Mohesky
Barbara Mohesky

This man has a family, so if for no other reason, this situation needs to be put to rest for them. They need to be able to live in peace.

Christine Huite Sohnrey
Christine Huite Sohnrey

y'all need to put an end to this. he's moved on. the cardinals have moved on. the fans have moved on. nothing like stirring up the pot of controversy hours before their 3 game series. this is why the media have taken the lead over scumsucking ambulance chasers.

Tommy JiZoo Rice
Tommy JiZoo Rice

He has no reason to be bitter, we'll always love AP for what he did to our team... BUT you have to expect the way the front desk acted... I mean, we're all human here... not emotionless robots.

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

Funny, card fans are bitter about how he left too

Klay Kracka
Klay Kracka

I'm sure the Angels are pretty bitter about his performance, or lack of.

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

Greed got the best of him. It's his own doing.

Kurt Klein
Kurt Klein

Oh, God! Can we please stop talking about Pujols already! Move on.

Kathleen Wilson Griswold
Kathleen Wilson Griswold

I know Albert is banged up but I wonder if some of his poor play is mental--realizing what a mistake he made leaving STL--even though it might be subconscious. Too bad all the way around.

Jason Rosenbaum
Jason Rosenbaum

There is no reason to be mad at Albert. He was one of the prime reasons Cards fans came to games in the 2000s. He helped win two World Series championships. He was also heavily into charitable pursuits in the region. He got a better offer elsewhere and decided to take it. I don't really blame him. Sports is a businesses and I absolutely detest this mentality that a player that's on a team for a long time is obligated to stay with that team. As a White Sox fan, I was sad to see Frank Thomas leave in 2005, but I was happy to see him succeed with the A's and the Blue Jays. Eventually, I see Albert playing well for the Angels -- although not at the moment.

Denis Phillips
Denis Phillips

It's over! Get over it. Really anyone who earns that big doing what you love should embrace life not dwell! It's over

Don Benecke
Don Benecke

The video didn't match the headline. Kinda like fox news bs. Albert came out great, so did the Cardinals. Get over it!

Steve Hirsch
Steve Hirsch

If someone wants to pay you crazy millions to play for them during the decline of your career... no problem with accepting that offer.

Paul Hibbard
Paul Hibbard

I have no personal animosity towards him since I don't know him. But he chose to become the face of big and bloated contracts that sink teams. Regardless it's a little heartbreaking to see how bad of a player he became so quickly. I was at least expecting a few decent years in LA.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

It was a great run for Albert and Cards Nation. 3 Pennants, 2 World Championships. We should all be happy that it happened, no reason to be negative.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

The guy sold himself to the highest bidder so it's not anyone else's problem he's bitter

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Pujols seems like a pretty level guy. I can respect what he said and he handled it with maturity, unlike 90% of the "fans".

Nancy Riechman
Nancy Riechman

Cardinal Nation doesn't like the way he handled his departure either. Money talks.

Mark Minden
Mark Minden

This is the most leading facebook post I've ever seen te Rft make, I understand you don't have the time to go out and find real news so you have to make post like this! What a joke read the whole article from a real news outlet that you tried to take this from, I don't even like Albert in fact can't stand him but this post is just flat misleading to make people mad at him, what a joke of a story you all should be ashamed, don't think ill ever read another Rft, this is just flat wrong!

John Shadley
John Shadley

Well...we ALL know what the "A" on his cap stands for !!! :P

Karen Rector McCrae
Karen Rector McCrae

I really liked him too, and he really had a good run in St Louis, But he was just asking for too much money, and he is getting to be too old of a player! Had he really loved St. Louis he would have stayed, he chose not to. And the Cardinals had to think about the whole team, not just one player! If they would have spent all their money on him, I truly believe we would not have the great team we have this year! They just couldn't afford to put all their money into one player, at his age! He's still a good player, but he IS human, and lets face it, his stats are not like the Albert we knew in St. Louis!

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

There is NO WAY we could have justified paying Pujols the money he was demanding while letting other very deserving players pick up the scraps. Not fair, not responsible, no way. Cardinal management handled all this just perfectly. They know what they are doing. They were doing this long before Pujols and will be doing it long after. We made Albert what he was....as evidenced by his performance since he left. I like the guy...I appreciate everything he did for our ball club and our city...but he was not loyal to us...so we will not be loyal to him. See ya around Albert.

Donna Erfling
Donna Erfling

I wish this all had not happened, I really like this guy.

Keith Oliver
Keith Oliver

I'm bitter with management, all I wanted was for them to kiss me and my wife's ass just like the Angels did! Just one little smooch but NOOOO!! So I left for? Why did I leave?

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

I could read this headline a thousand times and it will not get less amusing.

Justin Smith
Justin Smith

Um don't always go for the money because obviously you are not happy where your at now. Suck it up!

Jillian Beckerman
Jillian Beckerman

He will NEVER be or have the status of Ozzie. Ozzie is classy, modest, not a traitor and resides in St. Louis and didn't forget where he came from. HOW do you get off comparing him to ANY of those other players? Are you on crack?

Jillian Beckerman
Jillian Beckerman

His *ego*/character is/are a huge reason people dislike him. He thinks he's God, and that the baseball world revolved around him. I don't respect that @ all.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Really Albert? Whatever dude. No one really cares because you ditched us for money

merc9702
merc9702

@Keith Oliver I think you hit the nail on the head, he misses the adoring fans, those 40 thousand he refers to, that is what pumped him up. And it didn't help that the Angels got a couple more hitters who have better stats them him. He was duped by his 10% agent.

But in the end, "he cried all the way to the bank". Nuff said.

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