On the morning of Dec. 8, as Cardinals fans stirred from their sleep, they were jolted into the day with eyes wide open, alarmed by the hot rumor that came with their first cup of coffee.
Albert Pujols was leaving the Cardinals.
The Los Angeles Angels made their move during the still of the night, offering the iconic first baseman a 10-year contract worth $240 million.
Say it isn’t so. After all it was Pujols that said he wanted to be a “Cardinal forever,” just like Stan Musial. So this couldn’t be true. Baseball is a business, but Pujols was family.