It looks as if the contract negotiations between slugger Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals have broken off. The deadline has come and gone without the signing of a new contract.
We live in a world where most people cannot fathom the amount of money or guaranteed years these contracts include as we clock in and out of our hourly wage positions. This is not to say that everyone is jealous of the amount of money that Albert Pujols looks to get from the impending free agency, in fact, some people applaud his and his agents efforts to get as much money as he can for what he is worth to Major League Baseball. We can all be free to make as much money as we can. Wealth is not evil…it can be used this way, but it is only an object. He has found great success…and by all rights, we should be happy for him that he has. After all, he isn’t in charge of Major League Baseball. He isn’t the one who chooses how much players are worth on the current market. Do some of these contract amounts seem out of touch with reality as compared to the average salary of the common man or women? Of course, but only if you take it at face value. I, for one, believe that the common man and woman works very hard and should be paid much more than they are. On the other side of the coin, I believe that Albert Pujols drives a lot of money into whatever organization he is playing for. Heck, he pulls in a lot of money for Baseball in general. So, in that respect, he is being paid for a portion of that money.
Albert Pujols has more than proven himself to the sport of baseball. If you were to mention lists of the best baseball players of all time, you likely will find his name on every one. I enjoy watching him play…well, unless he is playing against my team…then I just kind of cringe every time he steps to the plate.
The St. Louis Cardinals knew that this day would come and apparently underestimated what it would take to keep him in St. Louis. Think about that for a second, they UNDERESTIMATED what it would take to keep one of the best players of all time on their roster. If Albert leaves St. Louis, someone’s head should roll in the Cardinals front office (Figuratively speaking, of course).
Personally, I am not concerned with the amount of wealth in Pujols’ wallet. I will keep on watching him no matter what team he is knocking the ball out of the park for. I just hope that one day I’m not watching him on television in front of a congressional hearing.
—– Erik Sudberg