Albert Pujols made his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, after spending the first eleven years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He signed a 10-year, $254 million contract, rejecting the Cardinals offer of a 10-year, $210 million (with $30 million deferred) contract, as well as the reported 10-year, $275 million bid by the Miami Marlins.
There have been mixed feelings about Pujols leaving the Cardinals, with Cardinal fans upset, and even burning Pujols jerseys. I understand the fans being upset, but it is Albert's life, and like any normal human being, he is allowed to make decisions that he thinks are best for himself and his family.
Albert Pujols, during his time in St. Louis, helped the team win three pennants and two world championships, along with representing the Cardinals in nine All Star games, and winning three league MVP's. The man gave the Cardinals eleven great years. It is rare that a professional athlete plays eleven years with one team, let alone eleven GREAT years. Rather than shoot the guy down and be disgruntled, celebrate and remember all the great memories he brought as a member of the Cardinals.
Pujols decided to sign with the Angels, because he see's an organization that is locked and loaded for the next 6+ seasons. The Angels are also managed by one of the best managers in the game in Mike Scioscia, and this may have factored in Pujols' decision with the retirement of Tony La Russa. Going to the Angels also allows Pujols to play DH later in his career. The intrigue of competing in the American League, and playing in the west coast may have factored even more into coming to Anaheim.
Whatever the case(s) may be, in the end, Pujols gave the Cardinals eleven years of his life. What more can you ask of him? Threatening him with no statue? Burn jerseys? Should I repeat all the accolades he helped the Cardinals reach? Give it a break, people. At the end of the day, it's just baseball, and if I were a Cardinals fan, I'd be sad with the departure, but also thankful for all that he did for the organization.