Deidre Pujols, wife of former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, appeared on Joy FM (99.1) in St. Louis this morning to share what she termed the Pujols' "side of the story" concerning Albert's departure from the Cardinals and how he ended up signing with the Los Angeles Angels.
Pujols took issue with many things that have been reported concerning contract offers that were made by the Cardinals, and said she has also been surprised at the vehement response to the family's decision to move on.
"The devil has overplayed his hand because I have Christian folk trying to throw the Word in my face," Pujols said.
She also said it was difficult to understand how folks who had supported Albert Pujols for so long were now wanting to burn his jerseys.
Pujols said she had been involved throughout Albert's free-agency process and that she wanted to "share the truth" because "I know what is right." She said many media outlets have gotten the facts wrong when it comes to exactly what Albert was offered.
The Post-Dispatch has reported that the Cardinals reopened talks with Albert Pujols earlier this month with a five-year, $130 million bid that eventually grew to 10 years guaranteed for $210 million but included significant deferred money. The Angels landed Pujols with a 10-year, $254 million bid free of deferred money and packed with enough milestone incentives to make the deal worth upwards of $280 million.
Pujols went on to say that she has been surprised that many folks in St. Louis have "turned on us so quickly" and reiterated that both she and Albert had hoped he would remain with the Cardinals.
"It just didn't work out," Deidre Pujols said. "The offers that people have seen on television, I'm going to tell you what .... had that offer been the one that was given to us, with guarantee, we would have a bird on the bat. ...
"What I'm saying is it wasn't a guaranteed situation," Pujols continued. "When you have somebody say, ‘We want you to be a Cardinal for life' and only offer you a five-year deal ... it kind of confused us. ...
"Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community that he at least deserved the opportunity to have real life-long -- you know, I tell you what -- we didn't want to go through this again. Free agency, it's stressful."
Pujols went on to say that neither she nor Albert is angry with the Cardinals organization and that they have respect for owner Bill DeWitt and the entire organization.
"We still love St. Louis and that will never change," she added.
To hear the entire interview, go to the "Bonus Content" page on Joy FM's website and click on "Full interview."