Originally posted on Cardinals Diaspora  |  Last updated 7/2/13
571 days ago Albert Pujols rocked Cardinals Nation and the city of St. Louis by signing a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 10 years and $254 million dollars.  Tonight, for the first time, Mr. Pujols will face the team that drafted, developed and paid him over $100 million dollars for 11 years of MLB service. 1. The stance on Pujols has softened. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz posted a column today in which he gives us "5 Things To Admire About Albert Pujols". Talk radio has been filled with fond remembrances. Viva El Birdos says Pujols is "the bullet the Cardinals dodged".  St. Louis isn't Philadelphia or Boston. We're a forgiving fan base. And truth be told, Mr. Miklasz makes some good points about Albert's commitment to the city (he still lives here) and his charity (it still operates here). A 2012 season that was (for his standards) poor for Mr. Pujols and good for the Cardinals has only emulsified the fiery bluster ...
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