As Ice-T once rapped, "Don't Hate the Playa, Hate the Game!" This couldn't be more true this baseball off-season. Albert Pujols now wears a halo, but in St. Louis his name is synonymous with Devil. The "fans" in St. Louis have already looked past King Albert's accomplishments in their city, and are now focused on scratching his statue in front of his restaurant like a jaded girl scratching the paint off of their ex-boyfriend's prized automobile. Why? Albert didn't cheat on you. The relationship was over. You had a chance to win him back, but he didn't get what he needed from the relationship and moved on to a west coast HOTTIE.
It's more than obvious that St. Louis didn't care to retain Albert. I've heard people say that they couldn't bid because it would jeopardize the future of the Cardinals. Excuse me, but if Albert was that important in the first place, wouldn't he have been considered a part of the future? They did make a push for him...with an initial offer of five years and $130 million. Seriously? He's the best player in baseball, and he's contributed so much not only to your team, but to your community, and you offer him that nonsense? He wanted the years and security of knowing where he was going to be playing for the rest of his career.
I can't blame Albert for looking elsewhere to showcase his HOF talents. Albert would have made more money annually in St. Louis than he's going to make in Los Angeles of Anaheim city place that has more names than residents, but what LA-Anaheim did differently was give Albert the security of being an Angel for the rest of his playing career AND beyond. Who in their right mind would accept a five year deal over a 20 year deal? The same people that would rather chastise a player that did nothing but great things for their team instead of chastising the ownership of that team that allowed said player to walk away. I blame the Cardinals and I blame baseball. Like everything else, baseball is about the money. The owners want money. The agents want money. The players want money. The fans want players to not play for money. There's the problem. We expect these players to not want the big bucks, even though we adore and worship those that are celebrities/stars. The ones that entertain will always get paid. But if your Albert Pujols, and you see other players that aren't as good as you make more money than you, wouldn't you want to get paid more than them? It's human nature. Business men and women are always looking for promotions, but when a ball player takes a promotion and moves to a new city it's considered the worst thing EVER. Even worse than boy bands from the 2000s.
In closing, I'd like to take this time to ask all of the St. Louis Cardinals "fans" to please stop hating on Albert Pujols. We all know it's horrible, but it's not the Man's fault, but the game's fault. If you want to blame someone, blame George Steinbrenner. He's the one that opened the flood gates of cash. Someday, St. Louis, you'll have another Albert Pujols, and sure enough, he'll find a new home, and then another, and another, and another. It's only going to get worse, so look at this like a first relationship. There will be other men, but the first cut will always be the deepest.
What do you think? Do you think Albert's strictly in it for the money? Do you think St. Louis could have done more to retain Albert? Are there too many song lyrics in this post?