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Albert Pujols' Contract Could Buy...

Now that we're losing Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols to Los Angeles for an estimated $250 million, 10-year contract, we wondered what you could buy for that.

The news we were all dreading has broken: Albert Pujols is leaving. Word from media reports flying around the Internet is that the Cardinals slugger is going to the Los Angeles Angels for a 10-year, $250 million deal.

That beat the Cardinals last offer to Pujols, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "The Cardinals' modified proposal was believed to be worth a potential $220 million for up to 10 years; however, only nine years are guaranteed, according to a source familiar with the bid."

And ESPN.com's report said the Cards best offer would have made Pujols the fourth-highest paid first baseman in the Major Leagues.

So, $250 million? That's a lot of scratch. In the 1960s, you could have built more than 16 Gateway Arches for that much money.

You could apparently cover Rams quarterback Sam Bradford's contract five times over for that much money.

You could run the St. Louis County park system for nearly 10 years (based on the 2011 expenditure) for that much money.

What else could you do around St. Louis for that kind of scratch? And what do you think about Albert's imminent departure?

Candace Jarrett December 08, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Am I the only person that wasn't surprised by this? I don't think it's good or bad. Something new will be good for both ends.
Denise Bertacchi December 08, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Gee, for that much money I could pay off my debts (and my house) buy a couple cars, set up a college fund for my boys, pay off my parents debts & house, pay off my in-laws debts and make sure they've got the best medical treatment for my dad-in-laws MS, send my nieces & nephew to college (there's 5 of them), buy the rest of my family new cars and still have money to live on.
Victoria Brown December 08, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Many struggling public schools could be revived with such money to hire & retain top talent, to fund gifted education, to refurbish old buildings with peeling lead paint and molding insulation, to get help for the so many clearly neglected and abused children that show up in our nations public schools ... What is more valuable: quality entertainment for all or quality education for all? The choice has been made by all of us, many times over. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." ... and some Americans wonder why we seem to be losing our competitive edge. Yep, huge mystery.
Ron G. December 08, 2011 at 11:01 PM
How much money does the guy need? I am glad the Cards didn't give him the Arch to stay here. Its way too much money, esp for a 10 year deal. He needs to pack up that westport statue and restaraunt and take that with him too. So much for team loyalty. Its all about greed and money. Lets see if the Angels boo him when he hits into all those double plays like he did here this year. There are no fans like the Cardinal fans, and if he wanted to stay he had a decent enough offer. The King has left the bldg!
Paul Wilferth December 09, 2011 at 12:03 AM
The broken public school system will never have enough money to do what liberals claim it can do. Schools can't fix problems that stem from home. Quality entertainment like pro sports employs thousands of people and generates tax revenue for all kinds of things like Schools. The problem is the school system is destined to fail because it is socialsim pure and simple. All socialist systems fail and never can be given enough money to do anything but grow and devour itself and those caught in its path. Privatization of schools in a competitive capitalistic system is the only hope. Liberals will never let go of the gravy train they have created for themselves and their union cronies in the Democratic party though. Sadly, America is in decline and the Quarterback taking us down is Obama. We are losing our competitive edge because socialism does away with competition.
Teanna Medina December 09, 2011 at 01:39 AM
I am from St. Louis, and let me tell you--this is the worse day ever. St. Louis just simply isn't St. Louis without Albert Pujol! : (
Linda Russell December 09, 2011 at 07:22 PM
I find it very sad that we are in the season of celebrating the greatest event in human history and all we can think about is Albert and the millions of dollars he's supposedly worth. Jesus NEVER got a paycheck! AND...hellloooo...Jesus NEVER abandons us even though we are often his worst fans! GET OVER IT!
Kim December 09, 2011 at 10:12 PM
I'm with Linda - in the larger scheme of things, it just isn't that big a deal. Albert gave us his best years, and now he's moving on. C'est la vie.
Margaret Whitehead December 09, 2011 at 11:06 PM
I so agree. He was not a true Cardinal. Very greedy, he belongs elsewhere. He did not help us out that much in the playoffs and world series anyway. We have our hometown Freese!! We will do just fine without him. Infact, I would love to see us win the world series again next year!!

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