Sure, he may be long gone, but Albert Pujols is still winning games for the St. Louis Cardinals.
In fact, he’ll be winning many more games for the Cardinals in the years to come, as documented by the following jersey modification:
Unless you’ve been living in a cave beneath the future site of Ballpark Village and were only recently forced to the Earth’s surface by the ear-splitting vibrations of actual construction noise, you probably know by now that the Cardinals acquired pitching phenom and NLCS MVP Michael Wacha with the 19th pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft – a compensatory pick the Cardinals received from the Angels when they stupidly inked Pujols to a quarter billion dollar deal.
Which makes this more than just your average modified Pujols jersey. It’s also a small, wearable piece of Cardinals history that tells the story of how the Cardinals deftly turned a burdensome, franchise-crippling contract into what could be a once-in-a-generation pitcher.
In very succinct fashion (pun intended), this jersey tells the story of why the Cardinals are in the championship hunt almost every year.
It also cements John Mozeliak as the Warren Buffett of baseball GM’s. The guy is simply the master of buying low and selling high.