LA RUSSA: 'Albert is as golden as they come'

The former Cardinals manager, who won 2 World Series with Albert Pujols, will be at Busch Stadium for his return on Friday

June 20, 2019 - 12:35 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Among those in St. Louis for Albert Pujols' return to Busch Stadium this weekend will be his former manager, Tony La Russa. The three-time World Series Champion called into the Charlie Brennan show Thursday morning, in part to defend Pujols' decision to sign with the Angels.

Pujols left the Cardinals in 2011, signing a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Angels. And despite the opinion of some Cardinals fans that he abandoned this city by not taking a "hometown discount," La Russa says that's not the whole story. 

"Albert offered the Cardinals something like a 50 or 60 million dollar discount and they didn't think they could afford it, and that's what I've said many times." La Russa says. "And I wouldn't blame Bill (DeWitt Jr., Cardinals presdient) and the Cardinals because they know how to run their organization, but I certainly wouldn't say that Albert didn't make the effort to stay."

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La Russa told Brennan, "Albert is as golden as they come, and I wanted everybody to understand the facts." 

You can hear their full conversation in the show podcast at the top of this page.

Pujols will play his first game back in St. Louis Friday night, when his Angels come to town for a three-game series at Busch Stadium. 

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