Albert Pujols got over on the Los Angeles Angels last week by inking a 10-year, $254 million offer with no deferred money. Pujol’s wife Diedre hopped on a local St. Louis Radio station and explained the situation.
“When it all came down, I was mad. I was mad at God because I felt like all the signs that had been being played out through the baseball field, our foundation, our restaurant, the Down Syndrome Center, my relationships, my home, my family close,” Diedre Pujols told the station. “I mean, we had no reason, not one reason, to want to leave. People were deceived by the numbers.”
She indicated the key moment was the Cardinals’ initial offer of five years and $130 million.
“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,” Diedre Pujols said. “Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community … we didn’t want to go through this again.”
Diedre Pujols told the station the negative reaction in St. Louis over her husband’s decision to sign with the Angels has been striking.
“Albert has never lied. People are like ‘Oh, we thought we knew who he was.’ Well, we thought we knew who they were,” she told the station.
“The city of St. Louis has absolutely been deceived and I have never seen hatred spread so fast and I understand why,” she added. “Let me say that Albert and I never, not one time, ever made plans to leave this city.”
So to be clear, Pujol’s wife was MAD AT GOD because the Cardinals didn’t offer her husband enough money. Good that she has everything in perspective.