I'm just going to say... thank GOD that Pujols probably won't be able to do that every game.
If Milwaukee's pitchers keep throwing stuff over the plate to him, he will.
And I'd like to say, I'm looking forward to Marcum pitching again...if the series goes that far.
If I were the Cards I would bend over this offseason and ask Pujols to tell me where to put it in order to keep him in STL. Dude is your franchise.
If the Brew Crew didn't have Braun locked up I would advocate us doing the same thing in regards to Fielder
I'm torn on this.
I really want Pujols back...but I won't blame the Cardinals for not signing him if he insists on 8 years at 25-30 million per year.
That's just way too much money at this point in his career. The vast majority of fans feel this way as well...so the Cardinals won't suffer much in terms of fan resentment if he goes elsewhere for $30 million over 8 years.
If he were 27, I'd say ok...try to get an 8 year deal done. But he's 31. I don't want the team to be paying him $30 million a season when he is 39 years old. That's crazy.
I can't see any team giving him that. Their are only a few teams that can afford that, and the Yankees and Red Sox are set at 1B.
The Cubs? Maybe. But where would you rather play? In St. Louis for $20 million per year where you have a good chance of post season play, or in Chicago for $25 million per year where losing is the norm?
Pujols already has more money than he can spend. You'd think $20 million a year for another 6 years in St. Louis, where he can play in front of fans that worship him, and he can go to the post season frequently, would be more than enough for him.
The Cardinals will probably offer him part ownership in the team, or an executive job when he retires as part of the contract. That will help keep the money down a bit.