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Albert Pujols tried to give away nothing during the celebration, tried to stay in the moment. But what a moment it was.
Getting another taste of that championship feeling might well tip the scales a bit in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals when it comes time to talk contract.
The Cardinals finished off the Texas Rangers in Game 7 on Friday night in one of the most unlikely comebacks in major league history. Hundreds of fans savoring the victory peacefully roamed the downtown streets well into the night.
On Sunday, the team will bask in adulation again with a late-afternoon victory parade. In 2006, when the Cardinals also won the title, the team estimated that 300,000 to a half-milllion people lined the streets.
BEST OF MAXIM
This time, it really was Albert Pujols' final at-bat of the season, and perhaps as a Cardinal. The flashbulbs popped furiously in appreciation of the three-time NL MVP, who struck out in the seventh inning of Game 7. One last send-off. Now, it's time to start talking. After 11 seasons with the team that drafted him, Pujols is a free agent for the first time.
It’s been reported by multiple media outlets for weeks that the Marlins figure to play a role in the impending free agency of Albert Pujols. It is likely the Marlins do in fact check in Pujols and even present an offer but at the end of the day — the chances of the future Hall [...]
The Texas Rangers have walked Albert Pujols five times in the first six games of this World Series—all intentionally. Many of these walks are bad ideas! (And not just for the spiritual reasons elucidated of late by Josh Levin and Rob Neyer, among others.) More »
ST. LOUIS Winning the World Series may have helped the St. Louis Cardinals in their efforts to bring back free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols. Having their future Hall of Fame manager retire may not.
It's too early to tell how or if manager Tony La Russa's stunning retirement Monday will impact the Cardinals' courtship of their franchise player. But with Pujols set...
ST. LOUIS — Whether he's crushing three homers in a World Series game or deflecting questions about his impending free agency, Albert Pujols can seem downright robotic. His reputation as a destroyer of baseballs and bids for interesting quotes is well earned.
It was interesting, then, to see Pujols drop his usual persona around the ballpark to being one of the main mischief...
Braves general manager Frank Wren will not be grabbing the spotlight by pursuing Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes or any of this offseason's other high-profile free agents, but he is plenty motivated to improve upon a difficult ending to the 2011 season.
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'
The Cardinals' Albert Pujols heads the list of baseball players on the market this off-season, with the Yankees' C. C. Sabathia and the Mets' Jose Reyes the other top names.