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Pujols Should Leave St. Louis
If I’m Albert Pujols, I am furious with the St. Louis Cardinal’s organization right about now. Luckily I came across a letter written by Albert two nights ago after Manager Tony LaRussa did not put him in the game after activating him from the DL. Below is that letter:
Dear Cardinal’s organization,
I am sick and tired of putting my heart and soul into this club and not getting rewarded. Over the past 10 years, I’ve been the best player in baseball history for any ten year period ever. I’ve played hurt, injured, and with the grit and determination that would inspire Cal Ripken Jr. I’ve been an All-Star on the field, in the clubhouse, and in the community. What has my professionalism, and pure awesomeness to this point been rewarded with? NO CONTRACT! Do you know how difficult it is to play with the pressure of the biggest free agent deal in baseball history? I wanted to complete the contract before free agency but was appalled by your offer. And that was not the first insult.
Last January when you decided to give another right handed power hitter $120 million guaranteed. Now, don’t get me wrong, Matt Holliday is a good teammate but, at that time it became obvious that you didn’t want me. Why couldn’t you say it? Why let me continue to put my heart into the Cardinal’s organization? Because you’re selfish and don’t care about your players. Anything Tony LaRussa says, you do (for better or worse). He’s not a baseball god.
Look, I (Albert) feel stabbed in the back. I work my tail off for two weeks to get back into playing shape after BREAKING my wrist. I successfully make it back and am ready to go. You activate me from the DL (good), work me out (good), then sit me for the game (Awful). Then, Tony says “If the game situation had dictated, I would have put him in.” Are you kidding me?! The game situation had dictated that you put in the best player in the game. What kind of idiot doesn’t start me? I’m ALBERT PUJOLS. The basic truth is that with me in the game, any team is better. Activating me to sit on the bench only hurts the team.
Half of me wants to demand a trade or request a switch in manager but, I know the media would blow it out of proportion and my requests would go unanswered as you have proven time and time again that you do not care about me. Hope you enjoy watching me deliver the World Series trophy to Chicago in a Cubs uniform next year.
With the respect that you never showed me,