While visiting cordially with a gaggle of media after he arrived at Spring Training Thursday morning, Albert Pujols talked about why he won't consider a long-term contract with the Cardinals until the end of the season.
One journalist asked why.
Here's Pujols' response. "Why? Look at this (referring to all the reporters surrounding him). You don't think this is going to be a distraction? C'mon man... You ask why? You can answer your own question. You don't want to bring this (all the media) in spring training and during the season. I mean, it's a zoo."
Sorry. I don't buy it.
Pujols could sign a deal and announce it on a day off during a Cardinals homestand. The Cardinals call a celebratory news conference. Pujols answers questions for 30 minutes and he's done.
Wow. What a distraction that would be, huh?
He also says he's not greedy and talks about his Christian faith. Okay.
Seems to me if the Cardinals offered him $25-million a year for eight years (and we have no confirmation that's what they did) he would take that. He would be a hero in St. Louis... a legend. He'd have a statue as big as Stan Musial's someday.
I believe in the end the Cardinals will raise their offer (if he has another Pujols-type season going into free agency they'll have to) and Pujols will stay in St. Louis.
Meantime, speaking for all media, I apologize Cardinals fans won't be able to see Pujols signed during the season. We're just too distracting for that to be able to happen.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.