Unfortunately wasn't able to catch any of the game tonight but by the sounds of it it was a close one. Better than getting curb-stomped at any rate
Goes without saying that next game is a big one.
As to Pujols: Definitely understand what you guys are saying but (and this is also from an outside fan looking in) he IS the Cardinals. I know you "have other players" and whatnot but there IS a value to a guy who is pretty much THE franchise, and the face of it as well. Beyond the stats, beyond the performance, that has a value in and of itself.
But I definitely hear where you guys are coming from and especially if the years on the contract weren't right, I wouldn't even mess with it at that point if you think you're going to be putting him on waivers or buying him out when he's only halfway through his contract.
I really liked what the Brewers did with Fielder this year in just signing him to a one year deal just to put off the inevitable and at least make one more go at it. We also aren't capable of affording him next year so there's that too
but you guys think Pujols would even CONSIDER a one year deal? Especially if the Cards fall just short this year but keep a lot of the pieces in place around him?
Pujols may be the face of the team now, but that's the thing with the Cardinals...every era has a new "face of the organization".
This franchise was one of the greatest in the majors for 100 years. They were fine before Pujols...and they'll be fine without him if they can't/won't sign him.
So many great names have come through here and are in the HOF, and there will be many more after Pujols.
I want to see him stay, I'd be sad to see him go, and it would be just flat out weird seeing him in another jersey. But the Cardinals, in the long run, will be fine without him. It's not like they would be letting him go just before his prime or right in the middle of it...he is more than likely on the slight decline and his best years are behind him.
I think that there is a far greater chance that some other team is going to eventually regret signing him to an 8 year 30 million contract much more than the Cardinals would regret letting him go.