Friday, December 9, 2011
What Albert Pujols Has Taught Us
-Albert Pujols, 2009
The deal with the Angels will pay Pujols around $3 million or $4 million more per year than the offer from the Cardinals. Ouch.
There is a lesson to be learned here. No matter how much an athlete talks about how he loves the city he is currently playing in, money almost always talks when it comes to free agent time. Cardinals fans are realizing this now. And the Detroit Tigers need to take note of this.
Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera have nothing but great things to say about Detroit right now. But JV's deal is up in 2014. Cabrera's expires in 2015. The team needs to do everything they can to win NOW. Because when those contracts expire, those two are going to want to cash in, either in Detroit or elsewhere.
And I don't blame them. I don't blame Pujols, either. $30 to $40 million more and a chance to play in front of a Latino-heavy market in Southern California? I don't blame the man at all. It's just a shame that he didn't think before opening his mouth in 2009. Cardinal fans are passionate about their baseball and I don't think it's something they'll forget. Stan Musial's legacy is safe again in St. Louis.
But I don't feel bad for those Cardinal fans in all this. They got two World Championships out of Pujols, including one over our Tigers in 2006. They'll live. The pricks.
As for the ecstatic Angel fans? It's going to be a fun couple years for them. But they had better win soon or this is going to haunt the franchise for a long time. In four to five years down the road, this contract isn't going to be as fun paying $25 million a year to a DH with declining numbers. Of course, none of them are thinking about that now because most Angel fans are pieces of bear shit. I hope they never win a game again and Jered Weaver is caught blowing CJ Wilson in a tranny bar.
But again, the time to win in Detroit is now. JV and Big Mig are possibly Yankees-in-waiting down the line. Mr. Ilitch isn't getting any younger and seems to be willing to go for broke. Jacob Turner and the other prospects aren't sure things. If Dave Dombrowski has a chance to make a deal that looks to put the Tigers over the top within the next three years, he needs to go for it. (coughHanleyRamirezcough)
Because what good is the future if in a couple years there is nothing left to build around?
(Pujols quote via Deadspin.)