The Cardinals And Pujols Will Be On The Same Field Again
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Monday, July .1st 2013
By Landen Crouch (Cardinals Correspondent) Follow @LandenCrouch
After a year and a half, 243 regular season baseball games, and 13 Postseason games, the time has finally arrived. The St. Louis Cardinals and Albert Pujols will finally be on the same baseball field again.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will host the St. Louis Cardinals at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night at 10:05 ET.
I believe that at this point, Cardinals fans have moved on from the sting of the Pujols situation. This is not the same level of hatred as the LeBron James saga in his return to Cleveland. But, in a way, it is similar.
Pujols signing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (of California of the United States of North America of the Northern Hemisphere…etc) shocked everyone. No one saw it coming. It was literally as if he packed his bags and snuck out in the middle of the night.
Pujols tells reporter “[St. Louis] is where I wanna be.”
After 11 years of total domination in a Cardinal uniform, St. Louis fell in love with Albert and his family. The city really thought that this guy was one of their own. He was a legend in the midwest. Cardinals fans honestly never imagined that this guy would ever wear another uniform.
Whether or not Cardinals fans want to admit it, it was a very painful process. It felt like Albert took complete offense to a small little situation (negotiation), and made an emotional decision that he may later regret.
It was awkward, and it really just did not sit right with me when it happened. One thing that has been amazing about the last year and a half, though, is remembering that hindsight is 20/20. And as of right now, it sure looks as if the Cards franchise got the better of it.
When Pujols walked, St. Louis acted quickly in the Free Agent market. The Cardinals immediately took action and signed Carlos Beltran, a move that has likely worked out about as good as it could possibly work out.
There is no denying that Beltran has been nothing short of fantastic for the St. Louis, and has replaced Albert Pujols on the roster quite nicely. Here is the proof.
Since Albert Pujols walked out on the Cardinals, here are his numbers in comparison to how Beltran has filled in his spot:
G AB AVG HR RBI
225 833 .282 51 147
G AB AVG HR RBI
234 924 .273 43 154
As the numbers clearly communicate, Carlos Beltran’s production has clearly been more valuable than Pujols’.
As a Cardinals fan, I could not be more proud of the front office and GM John Mozeliak for an incredible job they have done in surviving losing one of the greatest hitters in franchise history.
It could have been a much bigger blow than it ended up being. For the Cardinals to lose a player like Pujols and just one year later be in a position to go back to the World Series (lost NLCS to Giants 4 games to 3) is beyond words.
The front office deserves tons of credit for where the organization is right now.
When the Cardinals 2013 schedule was announced, it was very exciting to see the Angels on the schedule. And like most St. Louis fans, I have been looking forward to this for a long while.
But to me, it is a shame that Major League Baseball did not make this series happen in St. Louis. Just how long will it be before Albert Pujols plays baseball in Busch Stadium again?
Outside of the small chance that the Cardinals and Angels meet in the World Series, it will not happen for a couple of years.
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