St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols answers a question during a news conference before practice for Game 1 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
(BaseballStL) – The two big questions of the Cardinals off season were whether Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa would be back in 2012.
One of those questions has been answered with Monday’s announcement that La Russa is retiring. How that impacts Albert Pujols’ status is anyone’s guess.
La Russa is the only big-league manager that Pujols has ever played under. Will a new skipper bring the same kind of intensity that Tony brought to the ballpark each day? A new manager will likely mean bringing on a new coaching staff. Does that matter in Albert’s world?
Would Albert have taken less money to stay and play just because of Tony? Will he leave everything he has built in St. Louis behind just because La Russa is not filling out the line-up card each day? Will it really matter?
Just moments after posting a poll on KMOV.com the overwhelming response from fans is yes it will matter.
Only one man knows for sure, that’s Albert – and he’s not talking. So after an unbelievable stretch run to snatch the wild card from the Braves, an NLDS win over the “Dream Team”, the satisfaction of sending the Brewers home early and the emotionally exhausting World Series, Cardinals Nation holds its breath again.
And once again Cardinals fans are hoping for a happy ending.