Albert Pujols Calls Contract Questions Disrespectful

Albert Pujols recently gave a great interview to KFNS in St. Louis about how fantastic the Cardinals fans were, how he defied projections after he got drafted, and the contract talks. Here is one of the best quotes from the interview:

“I just told you guys a week and a half ago that it’s over, there’s nothing to talk about and you’re going to try to trick me or try to bring that question to me, then I think you’re disrespecting me. I don’t agree with that so I’m going to disrespect you too.”

Whether or not he re-signs with the Cardinals, Pujols showed exactly how much the city, the fans, and the organization mean to him when he called St. Louis fans the “best fans in baseball.”

You can listen to the full audio clip here. The following is an excerpt from SportsRadioInterviews.com (excuse the grammatical errors, please):

On if he’s able to go anywhere in St. Louis without being noticed:

“Yeah but it’s fun. Our fans back at home are great when it comes to that. When they see you with your family, they give you your space. That’s why their the best fans in baseball.

On how he went from being a middle-of-the-pack prospect to such a consistently productive star:

“I don’t know. There’s so many things that happened 11 years ago when I got drafted, and there were a lot of people — draft people — believe it or not that said I wasn’t good enough to make it to the Big Leagues. So it’s kind of having that chip on your shoulder and proving those people that they’re wrong. This is a great message for young kids right now and players in the Minor Leagues that they have that opportunity, and a lot of people tell them that they’re wrong and just throw around a bunch of negative things that they’re never going to make it. I was one of those guys people never believed that I was going to be able to make it in the Big Leagues and make it in this profession.

If he still has that same chip on his shoulder:

“Yes, every day man. No matter the success that you have, you still have to have that chip on your shoulder. I can sit down here and tell you guys that one thing I will never do is I will never disrespect this game. The day that I feel I’m not good enough to compete at this level, God will show me that day and that’s going to be the day that I say you know what, I’m done and it’s time to be with my family full time. So yes, you have to have that chip on your shoulder every day.”

On handling the media onslaught so well last week:

“I didn’t prepare anything. I just come up and come early like every year, and obviously had this zoo going here and people all over the place. I think that’s the way to handle it and then you move on. And then the next day it was peaceful. There was nobody here, just a couple of the local media and a couple of people from St. Louis. You know, it’s something you have to address and just show people hey listen, this is not the end of my career here; it’s business and we just didn’t get things done, and hopefully at the end of the season we can re-talk again and get things done. It wasn’t fun obviously, but I’m glad it’s over and we can now just play baseball.”

Whether he’s worried about facing questions throughout the season about his contract status:

“Well I just think I set up my ground rules and if somebody comes up and asks me, that’s going to be the time that I believe that they’re not respecting what I said here last week or a week and a half ago. And that’s when I’m going to have to tell them ‘hey walk off or don’t ask me that question again. And if they keep asking then I’m going to have to put them in their place. And I’m not afraid to do that because if I just told you guys a week and a half ago that it’s over, there’s nothing to talk about and you’re going to try to trick me or try to bring that question to me, then I think you’re disrespecting me. I don’t agree with that so I’m going to disrespect you too.”


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