Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 12/3/12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Cardinals chairman and principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. walked through the lobby of the Gaylord Opryland Resort Monday morning, admittedly much more relaxed than this time a year ago. "It's certainly less busy," DeWitt told FOXSportsMidwest.com. It was at last year's Winter Meetings in Dallas, Tex., when the Cardinals made a last-ditch effort to try and re-sign iconic first baseman Albert Pujols. He eventually declined their best offer and signed with the Anaheim Angels. The Cardinals spent nearly all their time in Dallas focused on Pujols because they couldn't do much of anything else until they knew whether or not he would be in the fold and for how much. "It was hard," DeWitt admits. "It was emotionally draining. Given the significance of Albert as a player and a historic Cardinals figure, to be at a point where we were either going to sign him or not and have him go elsewhere, it was hard. "That was a stressful time for all of us, trying to cope with the Al...
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