ST. LOUIS - We’ve all heard Albert Pujols’ recent take on leaving the St. Louis Cardinals for southern California and the Anaheim Angels. He’s said he “doesn’t want to open that door” by reevaluating what took place. He says the past is in the past and that’s where it’s going to remain.
But Monday at Meadowbrook Country Club in Ballwin, the Pujols Foundation had its annual Matt Holliday Celebrity Golf Tournament (Holliday took it over after Pujols left the organization) and Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak was one of many people in attendance.
Mozeliak was asked for his take on what took place roughly 18 months ago when negotiations between the three-time MVP and Cardinals broke down, resulting in the franchise icon moving on to another team.
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“Trying to armchair quarterback it today isn’t very helpful because, in the end, results aren’t going to change,” Mozeliak said. “For me, it was always just about trying to keep it positive and the seat I sit in now is still about running this club and where it’s going. I don’t think we spend too much time trying to relive it or rethink it. But, no doubt, (Pujols) meant a lot to this organization.”
The Cards GM also admitted his relationship with Albert Pujols is not what it once was.
“Obviously it’s changed. I would imagine it’s still friendly. We have seen each other at different events and, to me, we still have a lot of history together. I’m very grateful for my relationship and my time with him. I think it really is about moving forward and hopefully that’s how he sees it as well. I would say (the relationship) is fine,” Mozeliak said.
Pujols is in the second year of a 10-year playing contract with the Angels before another 10-year personal services contract kicks in after his playing days are done.