Friday, December 9, 2011

Baseball Heaven


I heard one of the most amazing sports interviews I have ever encountered on the way into work this morning.

St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak was talking about Albert Pujols.

You would think Mozeliak, who had just seen the centerpiece of his Cardinals’ team turn his back on the franchise, walking away to accept a $10-year-, $250 million deal with the California Angels, would be bitter.

You would expect to hear words like traitor, betrayal, ingrate.

I heard none of those.

What I heard was a man who showered superlatives on Pujols, who certainly was disappointed at losing his superstar, but understood why he did what he did.

I heard a man who clearly had hoped for a different outcome (and was willing to put a boatload of money behind it), only to be rebuffed by his best player.

Mozeliak talked about what Pujols had meant to the Cardinals, including that World Series win back in October (after they dispatched the Phillies in the NLDS).

He talked about the future, and all the money he now had to spend on other players.

He went on to talk about what baseball – in particular the Cardinals – means to St. Louis.

It was extraordinary.

I can only imagine what the reaction would have been if something similar had occurred with a superstar here in Philly.

Maybe that’s why they call the place “baseball heaven.”

Pujols may now be wearing an Angels’ halo, but he left heaven behind in the Midwest.

2 Comments:

Blogger STLAdam said...

Could not have said it better myself. There is no way the mid market Cardinals could afford to match an offer like that without crippling them in future years. I do not mind the trade of Pujols for Wainwright and the other pieces the Cards will add. It's been a good ride with Albert, but the Cards will still be competitive.

December 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM 
Blogger STLAdam said...

I could not agree with you more. There is no way the mid market Cardinals could afford to match an offer like that without crippling themselves for years to come. We all thought money was not going to be the issue with Pujols, but baseball is a business and money is what it boiled down to. I will take the Pujols for Wainwright plus whatever else Mozeliak adds trade off for the short and long term. The Cardinals have plenty of pieces to remain competitive and we did just win this thing called the World Series...number 11 in fact of such championship. The Phillies have a lot of catching up to do.

December 9, 2011 at 9:57 AM 

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