I know it's been a while but I'm back and ready to go, because although there's still snow on the ground some places in the United States, Jupiter, Florida certainly doesn't fit that description.
A huge story by Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was printed in yesterday's paper regarding the future of the St. Louis Cardinals' best player, Albert Pujols. Although he is arguably the best player in all of baseball, Pujols doesn't command the same type of money that an Alex Rodriguez or C.C. Sabathia do.
Rather, Pujols is content with allowing a traditionally fiscally conservative franchise to make their moves to get better talent around him, while he takes a semi-substantial "pay-cut". Granted, a seven-year, $100 million contract is no small pocket change, but that is exactly the reason why Pujols wants to stay. He feels blessed that money is not an issue at this point in time for his family, and he would rather have a winning ballclub than play for the gigantic bucks.
Here is a brief quote from Pujols taken from Strauss' front page centerpiece:
"I'm not going to lie to you: It's not about the money all the time," Pujols said after a brief round of hitting and a round of hugs with teammates. "It's about being in a place to win and being in a position to win. If the Cardinals are willing to do that and put a team together every year like they have, I'm going to try to work everything out to stay in this town."
Honestly, I'm not making any value judgements, but I'm willing to venture a guess that Rodriguez and Sabathia clearly don't share the same mindset. This makes Pujols a truly unique superstar.
If Pujols will stick it out throughout his career, the whole city of St. Louis will be eternally thankful.
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