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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Albert Pujols Says Comments Were Indeed Lost in Translation -- Again!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Last week here at Daily RFT we took a look at a recent interview St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols gave to a Dominican radio station and, more precisely, explained that Pujols' comments were inaccurately spun by the U.S. press, nationally and locally.

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​In a nutshell, somewhere in the translation from Spanish to English, Pujols inexplicably cold-shouldered the Cardinals' widely anticipated off-season efforts to ink a contract extension. (Pujols' current deal covers 2010, with a club option for 2011.)

This morning Pujols was interviewed by FOX Midwest sports anchor Pat Parris and St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bryan Burwell on St. Louis sports station WXOS (101.1 FM), who asked the first baseman to clarify his remarks.

Here's P-D columnist Bernie Miklasz's rundown of the exchange:

Pujols was asked if anything had gotten lost in translation.

"The fans know and the Cardinals know that I want to be a Cardinal for my whole career," Pujols said. "I love this city. The way that this city has embraced me and my family, I don't deserve the city to do that. And when you hear all of the players that come around to this town and say, 'You guys are lucky that you are playing in St. Louis,' we have the best fans. I want to be a Cardinal for the rest of my career.

"And what I told those people (in the D.R.) was 'Listen, why do people keep talking about my contract? I have two years (left) and we don't have to worry about it.' You know the Cardinals need to worry about signing Matt Holliday and all the free agents. There's no rush for me to sign right now, you know? But if they come tomorrow and say 'Albert, you know, we want to lock you up,' -- hey they know that we're open to that.

"But I think part of that was (me) putting things in their place and the Cardinals don't have to rush to sign me right now because we still have two years. But I'd love to finish my career here. And all that got all confused, or whatever, maybe because of the way that I said it. But people know that I want to be a Cardinal for the rest of my life. I've said it in the past."

"Lost in translation" -- nice phrase. Maybe we'll have occasion to use it here at Daily RFT sometime.

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