Over the last few months, I’ve spent some time unpacking the Albert Pujols quandary, aka the biggest dilemma St. Louis has seen since this.
(OK, perhaps even bigger.)
For those of you non-baseball fans who stumbled over this article on your way to a website like this, or for those who spent February pretending to be Chilean miners, Pujols called a moratorium on contract talks as of Feb. 16. Still, speculation has run rampant on whether the Cardinals will trade Pujols (though he has stated publicly he will block trades), wait for the offseason to re-sign him or simply let him go to the highest bidder.
Much to the chagrin of the Cardinal Nation, the prevailing opinion seems to be that when free agency hits, Pujols will be signed by the Cubs. Now, obviously this represents a stab-yourself-in-the-eyes scenario for any Cardinal fan and could affix Pujols with bona fide pariah status. Some are even saying the Card’s star would assume LeBron James-like status in St. Louie, but that’s just the word on the street.
Last week, I discussed what the Lovable Losers of Chi-town could package if they were to convince Pujols into allowing a trade. Today’s piece is dedicated to laying out the five most important reasons that, by hook or by crook, The Machine will be a Cub in 2012.