Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols at-bat in the first inning of Thursday's Braves-Cardinals game By Lakisha Jackson
JUPITER, Fla. (CBS.com) -- Albert Pujols is in the house, in uniform and in terrific spirits.
No contract? No problem.
"You can't be emotional about it," Pujols said early Thursday morning, shortly after his arrival here, one day after his self-imposed deadline for negotiations with the Cardinals passed after talks reached a stalemate. "It's part of the negotiations.
"I have so much respect for this organization. They gave me the opportunity to play 11 years ago. No matter what went down yesterday because of the deadline doesn't mean I'm not going to be a Cardinal."