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Albert Pujols - Los Angeles Angels

Updated on December 8, 2011

Los Angeles - What to Expect?

If you are a fan of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or whatever you are calling yourselves this year, you may be wondering what to expect from your new first baseman, Albert Pujols.

As a lifelong Cardinals fan, it is hard right now not to view him as a traitor. In fact, I actually thought there was a good chance he would leave St. Louis, but now that it has happened, my reaction is not what I thought it would be.

If I were to have written this before the news, I would be waxing about what a great man he is. Untainted by the steroid era, die-hard Christian, devoted father, entrepreneur and charitable leader. I have no reason to think he won't be all of those things in Anaheim, but I do wonder how he will fit in in Hell-A.

Los Angeles seems like a Sin City, far from the baseball town of St. Louis. Los Angelenes have many baseball teams to choose from, so it will be interesting to see if the Angels draw fans away from the Dodgers. I wonder how his Christian schtick will play in the land of Hollywood and TV, but I am confident that the burgeoning Hispanic population in California will be glad that Albert is there.

It is sad to see that he simply chased the money. I actually thought he would be THE ONE professional athlete who would put money second. After all, he is "from" Missouri, has built a life for his family there, and has established the Pujols Family Foundation's roots so deeply in the region. I feel like a fool for thinking that because he was a Christian, and that he said he wanted to be a Cardinal for life, that he would somehow transcend the horrifying money trend in professional baseball.

So now Pujols becomes the highest paid first baseman, and perhaps earns the machismo respect that he so deserves. We now wait for him to speak, to say why he is leaving. I have seen him being compared to LeBron James, and some even saying that he is worse. The Cardinals built a team around Albert, whereas the Cavaliers failed to do so for LeBron. The Cardinals gave him another World Series in 2011, because it is clear that he did not carry the team this year. But with Tony LaRussa retiring, maybe it is time for a change, a new era.

I sincerely hope that California taxes eat away all the "extra" money he received from the Angels. Knowing Albert, he would say that more money in his pocket is simply more money he can donate to his charity, or to the needy people of his homeland - the Dominican Republic.

The only real winner here is Dan Lozano, Pujols' agent, and all sports agents. It was a disgusting spectacle to watch them float rumors of what team was offering what, in an effort to bid the price up as high as possible.

The fault really lies with the Cardinals for not aggressively locking Albert down a few years ago. A ten year contract when he was 27 or 28 may have made him a Redbird for life. Now we can only watch number 5 as he dons a new red, Angels red.


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    • Rob Jundt profile image

      Rob Jundt 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Married,

      I just published my "eulogy" to AP. Let me know what you think.

      Rob

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hey Rob, thanks for stopping by. Maybe Carlos Beltran will help us forget (not likely). I'll have to check out your Pujols hub - let me know when you post it.

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      Rob Jundt 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Married...

      Thank you for writing this. As a fellow Cardinals fan, I, too, have mixed emotions about Pujols' departure. In fact, I'm still working through the issues. Your words are in line with many of mine; so much so that I'm inspired to write my own parting words to Mr. Pujols.

      Cardinal Nation WILL move forward.

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hey Tom - good to see ya. We had a good rivalry with you guys, based on Cueto kicking my Cards players from behind! Funny that you don't like Tony because I thought he might have went to the Reds when you guys picked up Jocketty and a lot of Cardinals front office staff. Like you, I am glad Pujols at least went to the AL.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      As a lifelong Reds fan I could not be happier! I think he's one of the best players (and people) in the game but I got tired of him killing us and will look forward to a baseball season with him in the American League. I wonder if he knew LaLoser was leaving, I really thought that was part of it. You'll have to forgive me I never liked Tony but I do still love baseball and can't wait for April!! Peace!! Tom

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      hhunterr 6 years ago from Highway 24

      Love it! I'm sure you weren't alone.

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hunter - I took my Pujols picture out of my office and hung it upside down on the door in protest. I must admit it's a bit like finding out there is no Santa or that the Wizard is a fraud.

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      hhunterr 6 years ago from Highway 24

      married, I saw a guy who I believe was giving away jerseys to burn today, shared on jim rome. Ready to join that party?!?

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      marriedwithdebt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hey Paul - if I knew you were stopping by I woulda cleaned up a bit :) Yeah - Albert soon turns 32 (or if you believe the premise behind my other Pujols hub, maybe older). Paying a 42 year old that much will likely be something they regret. Today has been a strange day, but I think the Cardinals did the right thing by not putting so much money into one person. I don't think contracts approaching $300 million do the sport of baseball any good.

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      Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I wonder how the Angels will feel about this contract when he's getting near the end of it.

      I love Zeto, but having that contract with the Giants hurts when they stop performing.

      I really like reading this from the fan's point of view

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