Post-Dispatch Says Albert Pujols ‘Turns His Back on St. Louis’ (Picture)

Albert Pujols has signed with the highest bidder.  Given what we know about today’s day and age, that should come as a shock to absolutely no one who pays even a little bit of attention to professional sports.  As Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reported Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Angels swept in out of nowhere and offered Pujols a monstrous 10-year contract that is believed to be worth between $250-$260 million.  The last reported offer from St. Louis was in the range of $210-$220 million, so as you can see Pujols decided to take the extra $30-$40 million and run.

Most fans would probably take it too, but good luck getting them to admit that.  You certainly won’t hear anyone in St. Louis admitting it, as evidenced by the LeBron James treatment the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave Pujols on the front page of their website after the deal was announced.

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David Freese, Cardinals Force First World Series Game 7 Since 2002

David Freese. David freaking Freese. We’ve never changed the title of the website here in nearly five years of operation, but it felt like the appropriate way to honor the man for his incredible performance in Game 6.

Freese clutched up in the bottom of the 9th inning with a two-run triple to tie the game at 7. Nelson Cruz slowed as he neared the right field wall and the ball went over his and off the wall. We still wonder if Cruz could have made the catch if he went balls to the wall, but he slowed to avoid a crash. It cost Texas.

In the 10th, after a gimpy Josh Hamilton hit his first home run of the series — a two-run shot to go up 9-7 — Lance Berkman delivered a two-run single to tie the game.

Then facing Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 11th (seriously, who is Mark Lowe and why was he pitching in the World Series?), Freese had a full count and blasted a walk-off shot to straightaway center field. It was a magical moment.

Have you ever batted in the bottom of the 9th with the game on the line? Have you ever batted with your team’s season on the line? How about being down to one strike with the World Series on the line? David Freese did it all, and he delivered. One of the most clutch baseball performances I’ve ever seen. I still love what Scott Spiezio and the Angels did to rally in ’02, but Freese’s performance was awesome.

Freese donated his bat and jersey from the game to the Hall of Fame. That jersey, by the way, was ripped to shreds by his teammates:

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St. Louis Fan Has a Sweet Cardinals Prosthetic Leg (Video)

The Cardinals are winning the 2011 World Series. Mark it down. Empty your bank accounts and go for it.  We all know a good rally symbol can be all a team needs to hoist the championship trophy.  While the Brewers have the Tony Plush rally towel to fall back on, I’m sorry to inform Milwaukee fans that the Cardinals have that blown out of the water.  No, we aren’t talking about the rally squirrel phenomenon that is sweeping the St. Louis area.  Check out this Cardinals fan’s prosthetic leg, courtesy of Joe Sports Fan via Big League Stew:

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Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird Reportedly Got into a Fight

St. Louis Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird reportedly got into a fight when the team arrived in Florida late last night. Cards GM John Mozeliak confirmed the two had a “disagreement” which is likely P.R. speak to cover up the incident.

Craig Mish of Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio reported that the players had a fight Wednesday night that “had to be broken up by team.” Mish adds that the fight was “ugly.” He writes “I was also told Laird called Molina a “cheater” with what context I’m uncertain.”

If the two indeed fought, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Laird is the same dimwit who instigated this fight earlier in the season with Cincinnati. He also got arrested for brawling alongside his brother at a Suns-Celtics game in 2009.

As for Yadier Molina, well we already know what he’s capable of. Did we mention that Laird will be catching for St. Louis while Yadier serves his suspension? I’m sure that had something to do with the fight.

Fist pound to Hardball Talk for the story

Tony La Russa: Colby Rasmus Does Not Listen to Cardinals’ Coaches

It’s no secret the relationship between Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and outfielder Colby Rasmus is strained. Rasmus is only 24 years old yet he has plenty of Major League experience. The third year pro is loaded with potential but he’s struggled this season, batting just .246. La Russa has been hesitant to let Rasmus play every day the past two years, electing to platoon him or play other outfielders instead. That has led to Rasmus becoming frustrated, which has led to trade rumors. While St. Louis has kept Rasmus on the roster, the issues between him and La Russa are evident.

In an interview with KSDK, La Russa complained that Rasmus doesn’t listen to the Cardinals coaches and that is one of his problems:

This has long been a complaint for La Russa. He’s felt that Rasmus gets coaching from his father and tunes out the St. Louis staff. The discord between the two is the main reason people feel like Rasmus will be traded. It’s hard to say a trade wouldn’t benefit both parties; La Russa would be rid of his problem and Rasmus would have a fresh start elsewhere.

Very few people would want to see Rasmus set free more than LBS contributor Alan Hull. He’s been dying for the day that Rasmus can do his thing without worrying about La Russa yanking him around.

Astros Criticize Cardinals’ Field Conditions After U2 Concert

Considering they are currently toting a record of 33-69 and are a solid 21 games out of first place in the NL Central, it would be tough for the Houston Astros to blame a loss on anyone but themselves. Rarely does a baseball team get a chance to blame U2 for their misfortunes, but if the opportunity presents itself you might as well strike.

The Cardinals hosted a U2 concert at Busch Stadium recently while St. Louis was on a road trip.  As a result, the stadium’s grass had to be torn up and replaced with a new surface from Colorado that was installed at night during cool temperatures.  It was known beforehand that the new surface could be a little tricky and play a little quicker than usual, but the Astros were still caught off guard.  Hunter Pence fell running in on a fly ball that became a triple and Michael Bourn fell trying to field a ball in center field.  Jose Altuve fell rounding first on a single and Jason Bourgeois had a ball skip away from him, forcing an error.

“I didn’t expect it to be tough until I fell down,” Pence said. “We knew there was a new sod and ground balls were going to be tougher. We really didn’t expect all the slipping to go down.”

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Cardinals Hook Brandon Phillips Up with Promotional Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

The St. Louis Cardinals run a promotion where fans get a dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $2.99 if the team has more than nine hits in a game. They had nine hits in an 8-1 win over the Reds Tuesday and Brandon Phillips tweeted that he’d like some doughnuts. The Cincinnati second baseman wrote on twitter “Since the Cards got 9 hits tonight, can someone hook me up with some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $2.99? I saw the promotion at the game. LOL.”

He asked and the Cardinals marketing team delivered, as we learned from SI Hot Clicks. Check it out:

Though Phillips was grateful for the doughnuts, he said he wasn’t planning on eating them. Why? If you’ve seen Van Wilder you’ll understand.

The real surprise with this story is that Phillips is on good terms with the Cardinals. Remember what he said about them last year and what it caused? Yeah, probably a good idea to avoid eating those, Brandon.

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