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Added January 19th, 2010 by Sooze
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Albert Pujols Calls Out The Media

Albert Pujols was not impressed with reporters Monday when he as asked his opinion on  Mark McGwire’s admission of steroid use.

During the St. Louis Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up, the All-Star first baseman said he was “proud of [McGwire] for admitting what he used” and got pretty pissed at the notion their new hitting coach only came clean to revive his Hall of Fame chances and regain acceptance among the baseball community.

“Go talk to Mark,” Pujols said. “I think he cleared up everything, he closed the doors. If you want to reopen those doors I know the right guy. Go talk to Mark about it. There’s 300,000 people that just died in Haiti and you guys just want to concentrate on Mark McGwire. Come on, give me a break.”

Well put.

As far as contract negotiations for the reigning NL batting champ goes, he reiterated his love for all things St. Louis Monday, saying he’d like to stay with the franchise. On one hand he’s hinted at sticking around for an undisclosed discount. On the other, he said he’s open to exploring free agency after the 2011 season when his contract is set to expire.

Now a three-time NL MVP, Pujols is not in a big hurry to talk digits.

“My timetable is when I’m a free agent,” he said at the Winter Warm-Up. “Right now, we’ve got a couple years. I don’t need to worry about that right now. Right now, my job is to let my agent do the talking. We’re open to talking about it. But I tell you: When the season starts, we’re not talking about it.”

However, the Cards may have to capture a leprechaun or plant a money tree in order to afford him after the $120 million, seven year deal they handed left fielder Matt Holliday this winter.

 
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15 Responses to “Albert Pujols Calls Out The Media”

  1. Did the Cards need to cough up $120 mill to keep Holliday when they were bidding against themselves? Probably not. That said, did they need to keep Holliday to make their lineup more attractive so that Pujols is more interested in remaining a Cardinal? Sure. If Pujols does test the market, it will be interesting to see how the Cards compare to the other “big market” franchises that can certainly outpay the Cards.

  2. earl says:

    Players stick together, Period! However! no1 seems 2 want to call Barry Bonds out.
    Talk about reverse discrimination. Bonds should be smeared in the media like all the others.
    Roger Maris and Hank Aaron r the true HR Kings. Money corrupts absolutely!
    GO YANKEES

  3. john says:

    I think Pujols gave the correct response to the reporters. Sure we all may agree what has happened and it is not right look how many other problems we have in the world and no one cares so lets move on.

  4. Mike says:

    Does Albert not realize these are sports reporters asking these questions at the Cardinals winter warmup? Maybe they should be asking him about his steroid use. or maybe world peace.

  5. Michael Blau says:

    Pujols may be offbase in calling out sportwriters for not asking serious questions about world events but he’s spot on in re-directing any McGwire questions to the source. If you want to take Mark at his word as Pujols seems to fine. If you doubt his word that’s about all you’ll get from Mark. Opinions don’t matter until or unless they keep this guy out of the HOF.

  6. Carlos says:

    Hey Earl, where have you been the last 10 years or so? Bonds was crucified BEFORE any of these guys were. Every year he had the questions and players were coming out talking about how he was on steroids. If you think he hasn’t been crucified then you just haven’t been watching or are just trying to spread some more political BS…

  7. Ben says:

    Why is it people are always loking to criticize a man speaking the truth. What proof does anyone have that Poljols ever used steroids. Ever hear of innocent intil proven guilty?

  8. Alex says:

    I really do not understand why people keep talking about Steroid Era and that these players should not be in the HOF, cause who knows what Babe, Maris and those other players took for strenth their bodies? There was no testing in those times, plus the fields were huge. So what did they took to hit the ball that far so man

  9. Gary says:

    This is getting old, folks.
    I couldn’t care less who used what because many professional ballplayers have used many means (from greaseballs to doctored balls to psychological tricks ande now steroids) to cheat.

    I feel more frustrated, with the fact that these “set-for-life-zillionaires” will go on strike, in a few more years, to demand even more money.
    And the main problem is that we, the fans, keep going back to the games.
    WE are the ones, who pay their salries. WE should be the ones saying, enough is enough!!!

  10. Mark says:

    even the great Mickey Mantle cheated as he used uppers to overcome the night of partying _we don’t bash him it was written in JKim Bouton’s book Ball Four

  11. Spud says:

    Tha HOF is a joke. The only thing that matters at the end of the day how much money these guys can make for themselves.

  12. Tony says:

    Why is it that A-Rod has gotten off so easy with his steroid use. Its crazy how only certain people are getting ripped by the media while it seems others are getting a free pass. Yes, A-Rod was criticised when he came clean but now no one even links him with steroids anymore. One of these days he will probably be the new home run king. Im curious on how the Hall of Fame voters who wont vote for McGuire because he used steriods will vote when a sure Hall of Famer like A-Rod becomes eligible

  13. piranha says:

    point about a-rod is on point.

    cobb, ruth and a lot of old-timerz would not even be able to play today because they’d be suspended for a litany of things like cobb racist attitudes, ruth recurring bouts with alcoholism, cap anson klan affiliations….billy martin and mantle were alkies of the 1st order. bud selig is coward and im glad he’s gone…if pete rose cant get in a-rod should not get in…the guy bonds hit his 755th against was suspended for using banned substances but was pitching in the bigs after that..what a bunch of hypocritical BS ..

    a guy whose nickname was fat albert desont seem viable
    candidate for banned mass building compound usagee..

    that was his nickname coming into the bigs because he did and has to fight weight gain…

    dount seriously that he needs anything more than some well cooked arroz con pollo & frijoles baby…

    not a slur, elmer…..i love ‘em ..

    and they will pack on the poundage…

    he might become the games 2nd best all-aroung hitter after he’s done…

    i think teddy ballgame was the best…

    i think what he told the press was okay as most of them are just free lunch grubbin hack anyway…

  14. Sooze says:

    GREAT comments by everyone – on both sides of the argument. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  15. Jaybird says:

    Of all the greats who have played this game, Mickey Mantle and Willy Mays are the ONLY two that MAYBE could be competitive in todays game. The once hallowed HOF has become a joke full of hypocritical moralists. They should look in the mirror at the outrageous behavior of their time that was swept under the rug by butt kissing sports reporters with hero complexes. The harshest critics of todays players from this group of hypocrites could not even compete at todays level in their PRIMES! This group is a JOKE! Pete Rose, there may be an argument on that one. Bert Blyleven and Tony Oliva continually get snubbed for lack of numbers?!? What a joke! That Hall is filled with players with lesser numbers! Besides the fact that they have Hall worthy numbers, and were top perfomers in their time! ,,l,, (oo) ,,l,, to the Hall of Fame!!

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