February 19, 2004: Albert Pujols signs a team-record $100 million extension with the Cardinals

Just one day before the Cardinals and their 24-year-old star, Albert Pujols, were set to meet in Phoenix, Arizona, for an arbitration hearing, the two sides agreed to the richest contract in team history. On February 19, 2004, Pujols signed a contract for at least seven years and $100 million, making him just the ninthContinue reading “February 19, 2004: Albert Pujols signs a team-record $100 million extension with the Cardinals”

December 22, 2011: Cardinals sign Carlos Beltran in wake of Pujols’ departure

After Albert Pujols signed a record 10-year, $254-million contract with the Angels following the 2011 season, the Cardinals had a short list of free agents who could fill their sudden need for an impact bat. Carlos Beltran’s name was at the top of the list. On December 22, 2011, the Cardinals signed the 1999 AmericanContinue reading “December 22, 2011: Cardinals sign Carlos Beltran in wake of Pujols’ departure”

November 12, 2001: Albert Pujols is unanimous Rookie of the Year selection

At spring training, Tony La Russa found that he had no choice – he had to put Albert Pujols in the lineup. By the end of the season, voters saw the same – and unanimously named him the 2001 National League Rookie of the Year. Pujols received all 32 votes (two voters from each NationalContinue reading “November 12, 2001: Albert Pujols is unanimous Rookie of the Year selection”

October 28, 2011: Cardinals capture their 11th world championship

After rallying from 10 ½ games back in the National League wild-card race and falling behind five separate times in their 10-9 Game 6 victory over the Rangers, a 2-0 first-inning deficit didn’t seem like much for the 2011 Cardinals to overcome. Six unanswered runs later, the Cardinals had a 6-2 victory in World SeriesContinue reading “October 28, 2011: Cardinals capture their 11th world championship”

October 22, 2011: Albert Pujols slugs three home runs in Game 3 of the World Series

With three home runs in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, Albert Pujols didn’t just correct course after an 0-for-6 start to the Fall Classic, or turn attention away from the brief controversy that came after he didn’t speak to the media after the Cardinals’ 2-1 loss in Game 2 of the series. WithContinue reading “October 22, 2011: Albert Pujols slugs three home runs in Game 3 of the World Series”