I’ve been content with just letting this go. What’s done is done. But … some people can’t leave well enough alone!
Yeah. Deidre Pujols decided to stir the pot that is the Cardinals’ fans disgust with this whole situation involving her husband’s free agent signing with the L.A. Angels.
She took to the airwaves Monday morning on JOY FM in St. Louis with two individuals who were drinking the red-flavored Kool-Aid Mrs. Pujols brought with her to the studio.
It was a spin machine and no one could catch their balance!
That sounds pretty cynical, doesn’t it?
Well, just listen to that interview. You’ll feel overcome with cynicism too. I had actually come to the point where I didn’t care anymore. This interview didn’t help my thought process with what happened. At all! In fact … it has made things worse!
Let me just hit on a few of DeeDee’s talking points.
One is the notion that she and Albert are on trial and haven’t been able to have their say.
Sure they have had their say! For the last year, Albert has been asked about these negotiations and every time he said he wanted that to be kept private. The Cardinals were respecting his request. So, technically you have been able to have your say for some time. That really cannot be denied.
Her next talking point? The devil?
“The devil has overplayed his hand. … People are being deceived.”
I just don’t even know what to say about this … because she doesn’t REALLY explain herself. I think if she had explained what she meant by this, it would be one thing. But it was said in such a manner that, just because she said it … it was so. It was kind of insincere, to say the least.
“The offer wasn’t guaranteed … Only offered 5-year deal … Deserved to have a life-long commitment. Had there been a commitment we would have the Birds on the Bat.”
No commitment? Really! They were willing to commit more money to Albert than anyone ever in the Cardinals organization. And despite the poor economic situation this nation is in, the fans were OK with the price of hot dogs and beer going up for it! An adoring fan base wanted you here, Albert!
Was it the service contract? Because what former Cardinal do you know who hasn’t come back to serve the organization? I could go on and on, but let’s hit a few names around! Jim Edmonds? Traded away and still comes back. Ozzie Smith? Did not get along with TLR, still comes back. Rick Horton? Traded away and is now an announcer. Mike Matheny? The guy ended his career with the Giants after Yadi blossomed into the catcher he is today … Guess what Matheny is doing? He is the manager, Albert!
You have a 20-year commitment to the Angels, so … trying to come back after that will be awkward, don’t you think!
“I don’t understand why it had to become such a disrespectful situation.”
Yeah. Cardinal fans don’t get that either!
“No one was more shocked than me and Albert.”
Yeah, Cardinals fans were pretty shocked to see you bolt for all that money when you said money didn’t matter and that all you wanted to do was win. With the Cardinals! That you wanted to be a Cardinal for life! Yeah … the shock goes both ways!
“Just like God to put us on a team called the Angels.”
*Sigh*… I have no words. You can’t come back on something like that statement and not look like a jerk. Then again … you really can’t say that statement and not look like a jerk.
“We know people are so emotional that they weren’t going to hear what we had to say.”
You could have given the fans a try. I think the lack of communication is what made it worse to begin with.
“He is a man and he had to make a decision that was best for his family.”
Well, that’s about the most honest thing I think she said in the whole interview. It’s basically the only thing that gets at the crux of what this whole thing is about … MONEY! Just admit that it was about money and we’re good!
When Lance Berkman was getting ready to re-sign with the Cardinals he was FAR more honest with the fan base.
Do you understand what I am saying?
A man who spent years with the Astros organization was more honest with us than someone who has been with the organization for over a decade. “It’s always about money,” Berkman said. No matter what people say, it’s always about the money.”
How refreshing! I remember wholeheartedly disliking Berkman when he played for the Astros. Had you told that girl watching the 2004 or ’05 playoffs that one day she would like Berkman more than Pujols within the next 7 years … she might have cursed you out. Seriously.
See, Albert … that’s how loyal this fan base was to you. We don’t care that you have taken the money and run. Just be honest and tell us that is what you have done. We all know it. The truth will set you free. And while you are at … acknowledge your fans. Acknowledge your time here. Acknowledge that money has kept you from one of your more quoted promises. That you wanted to be a legend here … like Stan.
And when you do acknowledge it, know one more thing.
If there is one thing this whole saga has proven, Albert, it’s this: you are no Stan.
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter for Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.