"When it all came down, I was mad. I was mad at God because I felt like all the signs that had been played out through the baseball field, our foundation, our restaurant, the Down Syndrome Center, my relationships, my home, my family close," Deidre Pujols told the station. "I mean, we had no reason, not one reason, to want to leave. People were deceived by the numbers."
Actually, Deidre Pujols was mad at more than just God. She was mad because, according to her, the Cardinals had originally offered only a five-year deal:
"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," Deidre 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."
I dunno. Things like that in baseball are usually called "negotiations". The team starts low -- of course, they want to save money -- and the sides go back and forth. Instead of doing that, the Pujols camp decided to be "insulted". Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch summed it up pretty well on Monday:
Really? God ordered you to Anaheim? I wonder what God would have advised had the Angels offered less money than the Cardinals. I'm assuming God was angry over the Miami Marlins' refusal to offer no-trade protection in their contract bid. Can you tell us how God would have reacted if the Cardinals had offered $254 million or more over 10 years?
From Deidre's point of view, though:
Deidre Pujols also said she had no ill will toward the Cardinals or owner Bill DeWitt and that she understands the fans' frustration with her husband's decision.
"It's just like God," she said at the end of the interview, "to put us on a team called the Angels."
God again. I don't begrudge anyone his or her faith in God, but really, I can't imagine God cares where Albert Pujols plays baseball.