Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why Kansas City was the key to the Angels signing Albert Pujols

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Pujols never stopped being from KC.
  • Pujols never stopped being from KC.
When the Royals and Cardinals have gotten together on the field recently, the scoreboard has not always been kind to the hometown team. But off the field, Kansas City may have hit St. Louis where it hurts the most.

First, it was a collision with Wilson Betemit that left star first baseman Albert Pujols with a fractured left wrist following a game last July at Busch Stadium. And now without bidding a single dollar, Kansas City could be the reason that Pujols will be wearing a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim jersey this season. We'll let Arte Moreno, owner of the Angels, explain.

Moreno recently talked about signing the slugger with GQ Magazine and why he's confident that Pujols will continue to be productive even when he's nearing 40 years old (his $254 million contract ends when he is 41 years old, when he will receive $30 million). In the middle of the Q&A, Moreno explained why St. Louis residents should be mad at the City of Fountains:

GQ: Why was it important for your wife to be part of that conversation?
Arte Moreno: I think I had read a lot of the decisions they made were made together, with their family, with their four kids. And I knew that they met in Kansas City, and I had met my wife in Kansas City, and my wife had grown up in Kansas, and his wife was born and raised in Kansas City, and he went to high school there. And I just felt that there was a connection. So it was important for me to help them to understand how important community involvement was for us and that we really work hard to make sure this is a family environment.

So even if you bleed Cardinal red for 11 years, you'll still always be from Kansas City, and that part of your identity trumps everything.

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