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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Perry: Why I’m Not Mad at Pujols

Dayn’s first piece for Pitchers Hit Eighth.

This is a story without a villain:

I’m not angry at Albert Pujols. How can I be after all this? He’s provided us with too many impossible moments to chronicle and ferried us to a pair of championships. The past is unchanged, as some philosopher said at some point, probably in the original French.

...We’ll never, ever know the full complement of motivations that led him to do this. Pujols might want a new challenge after winning it all and seeing the only manager he’s ever known retire. He might believe the Angels provide him with a better opportunity to win than the Cardinals do (although there’s a self-fulfilling element to that prophecy). It could be layers of reasons. The weather. The chance to ease into the DH role in five years or so. Maybe his favorite cousin lives in Mission Viejo. He enjoys fresh, roadside citrus. Whatever. Even the most enterprising reporters aren’t privy to his thoughts.

...Most of all, to read into L’Affaire Pujols the basest of impulses is to pretend you know things you simply don’t. You’ll never know his innermost workings, the exact tenor of negotiations, or his true reasons for making this choice. Never. It makes for a tidy narrative to color him as a bad actor in all of this, but one could just as easily say the organization, after enjoying a decade-plus of Pujols for pennies on the dollar, is the disloyal party, the one who’s most transparently “about the money.” I choose not to make either case, mostly because a negotiation isn’t a morality tale.

And with that, I am sufficiently purged. I’m also ready for actual baseball.

Repoz Posted: December 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: December 17, 2011 at 09:01 PM (#4018610)
Nice write up Dayn - being a fan is weird. The connection we make with players and teams makes it easy to feel an entitlement about certain things, and to take each personnel decision personally. Because we are so wrapped up in the on-the-field goings on we sometimes take that passion with us to the business end of the game. I haven't done that in a long time - age helps with that - but the bigger the star, the more likely it is to create a narrative of winner/loser or high road/low road. It seems that's what is going on here...
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: December 18, 2011 at 02:34 AM (#4018741)
I don't underdstand being mad at Pujols. I'm not mad, I'm disappointed. I'm disappointed at Pujols, the Cardinals, the Fans, and even my own reactions. I personally as a fan wanted Pujols to stay as a Cardinal. I'm upset that there is a strong possibility that this contract means that Pujols hof cap is either no cap or an Angel cap. I'm upset that Pujols signed a 10 year personal service contract with the Angels(and equally upset that that wasn't offered to him by the Cardinals)
   3. Squash Posted: December 18, 2011 at 02:57 AM (#4018749)
We’ll never, ever know the full complement of motivations that led him to do this. Pujols might want a new challenge after winning it all and seeing the only manager he’s ever known retire. He might believe the Angels provide him with a better opportunity to win than the Cardinals do (although there’s a self-fulfilling element to that prophecy). It could be layers of reasons. The weather. The chance to ease into the DH role in five years or so. Maybe his favorite cousin lives in Mission Viejo. He enjoys fresh, roadside citrus. Whatever. Even the most enterprising reporters aren’t privy to his thoughts.


Or it could be, you know, what it pretty much always is - the money. Or excuse me, "the respect".
   4. MattAtBat Posted: December 18, 2011 at 02:58 AM (#4018750)
Is there really a backlash against Pujols in St. Louis? Genuinely asking, I don't live there anymore.

On the day Pujols signed, I went over to the Post Dispatch's talkback section to get my daily dose of hysterical internet ranting. The reaction seemed mostly reasonable: sorry to see Pujols go... hard to turn down that much money... probably best that the Cardinals aren't stuck with that contract. I was pretty disappointed.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: December 18, 2011 at 03:17 AM (#4018754)
Is there really a backlash against Pujols in St. Louis?


Yes, the people who were already haters are very vocal(these are the people that think Pujols lacks clutch ability and that his numbers is derived from garbage time) There are also a large vocal segment who is saying the same stupid thing that is posted in post three. The simple moron way of looking at the situation as an absolute instead of actually thinking there are complex motivations involved.

A local church collected Pujols Jerseys to send to Anaheim. The police maintained a guard for a short time around his statue. It's now getting to the point that people are rationalizing it and saying good riddance, we didn't want his bloated carcass in three years anyway. Very few people are willing to speak up and say what Dayn said or say it's complicated, and when someone does write or say something in defense of Pujols's decision, they get lambasted(TLR and Bernie's original article before Pujols wife did a Brenda Warner were both heavily dissected and criticized.)
   6. phredbird Posted: December 19, 2011 at 11:34 PM (#4019645)
i'm pretty much where cfb is in post #2. it's a real drag to contemplate him not having the end of his career in stl. it coulda been ugly, but i still would have wanted to see it.
   7. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: December 19, 2011 at 11:57 PM (#4019655)
I'm upset that there is a strong possibility that this contract means that Pujols hof cap is either no cap or an Angel cap. I'm upset that Pujols signed a 10 year personal service contract with the Angels(and equally upset that that wasn't offered to him by the Cardinals)


This is the weirdest part of the Pujols signing (especially as an Angel fan). Pujols is up there with Jeter as far as recent superstars I associate with one team. Unless something awful happens and Pujols has a career-ending injury in the next few years - he's going to be as much an Angel as he ever was a Cardinal. A Cardinal friend of mine tells me Pujols is still going to be thought of as a Cardinal first and foremost by most people and he may be right - but there was a time when I could not picture Barry Bonds as anything but a Pittsburgh Pirate once too.

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