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And while the kitchen was buzzing, there was time for the men to spend with Albert Pujols as they shot pool and delicately broached the subject every Cardinal fans wonders about.
It was Bret Jerger who told him, "I know you don't want to talk about your contract, but we just want you to know that as Cardinal fans, we sure hope you'll stay in St. Louis."
The comment unlocked something, and Pujols proceeded to tell the men "off the record" thoughts about the process of his negotiation.
"At one point, he said, 'I'm telling you guys more about this than I've said to anyone,' " Bob Brady said. "And you find yourself thinking, 'We're here with Albert Pujols, and he's talking about his contract.' "
Holliday appeared on "Mike and Mike", ESPN's signature morning show that is broadcast locally in St. Louis on 101.1 FM ESPN/WXOS. He was asked by the host, his friend Doug Gottlieb, if he would defer additional money from his contract to fit Pujols into the Cardinals' payroll. The question provided the answer as much as Holliday did.
"I would be willing if they came to me and said, 'Hey this is what it's going to take to get Albert done. Would you do it again or would you do more?'" Holliday said on the show. "Scott wouldn't like me to say that. But if that's what it took, I would be willing to do that."
Scott is his agent Scott Boras.
DaDitka wrote:Bye - Bye Albert!
In the great St. Louis tradition, the Cards will let their greatest player walk and get nothing in return. The only thing that would make this more familiar for us Blues fans is if Albert wore the #16 this year.
Want to know where not signing and not trading your best player (even though you know you have no chance of retaining him) get's you?
I present to you...the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers.
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