Commissioner Bud Selig, visiting with reporters before the start of Game 7 of the World Series, touched on several topics Friday, not the least of which was Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols' impending free agency.
"I happen to believe, as a traditionalist, and as somebody who believes in all these things, I hope it can be worked out," said Selig.
"I hope Albert stays in St. Louis. I really do. That's his judgment to make but I hope that Albert Pujols will stay in St. Louis."
Selig marveled over the 4 hour, 33 minute Game 6 on Thursday, won in dramatic fashion by St. Louisan David Freese's solo homer for the Cardinals in the 11th inning after Freese had tied the game in the ninth with a two-strike, two-run triple.
"If you wrote a story like — guy gets traded (from San Diego), comes back to his hometown — if you sent that in as a script, it would be thrown back in your face," Selig said.
"Last night, I really don't know how to describe it," said Selig.
"Whether or not the first three or four innings was well played or not is irrelevant. It certainly was one of the most exciting, best games I've ever seen.
"Whether I'd rank it No. 1 or not — you could rank that. It was breathtaking. The last three innings were absolutely breathtaking.
"It has been a marvelous World Series capped off by Game 6. I don't mind telling you, just to get up this morning and hear people say, 'It's Game 7 of the World Series,' is a thrill."
The commissioner recalled a meeting he had with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa about two months ago in Milwaukee when the Cardinals were 10½ games out of playoff contention.
"I congratulated him on his great year," said Selig. "(La Russa) said, 'We're not done.' And he wasn't kidding.
"When you think back to what has gone on here, it's amazing," said Selig, denoting the Cardinals knocking off heavily favored Philadelphia in the first round and then beating his former team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in the National League championship series.
"It sounds trite, I know," said Selig. "But this is a club that doesn't know when it's beaten. They just keep fighting back.
"Last night was amazing to me. First time, second time. I mean it went on and on. (La Russa) has done one hell of a job there.
"So has (Texas manager) Ron Washington."
Selig suggested that a new bargaining agreement was around the corner. "There's a lot of work to be done yet ... but the talks have been constructive and very thoughtful. Very thoughtful," Selig said.