It's hard to believe, but depending on what happens in Philadelphia against the Phillies on Friday, yesterday's 5-3 victory at Busch Stadium may have been Albert Pujols' final home appearance in a Cardinals uniform.
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If owner Bill DeWitt Jr. doesn't open his wallet as wide as the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Pujols will become a free agent in November. It's highly unlikely the Cardinals would be able to compete with the likes of the Yankees or Red Sox if they hand Pujols a blank check and tell him to fill it out.
While Pujols may not wanna talk about it, there's no doubt he's thought about the possibility his days in St. Louis may be numbered, based on his comments yesterday.
"It's been eleven years,'' Pujols said. "This is not just one year. It's been eleven years. A lot of great moments. A lot of bad moments. A lot of frustrating moments. Those are what you take with you. So hopefully, we end up winning and come back here in the second round. Pretty much just give to these fans what they deserve, and that's a championship."
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"St. Louis has to sign him. They have to get something done," former teammate Fernando Vina said. "If not, it will be a devastating blow. He's the face of the organization, that's the bottom line."
In watching the game last night, you could tell the fans were fully aware it could be the last time they saw Pujols in person as a Cardinal. That would explain why they cheered nearly everything he did.
Few players ever went 0-for-4 to such thunderous applause. Even fewer actually deserved it.