So many Pujols quotes

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So many Pujols quotes

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

Phil Simms is guilty of a broadcasting pet peeve: turning a player's actions into a quoted statement.

Tom Brady throws a touchdown pass.

"Tom Brady says, 'Wait a minute, you're not stopping me today, Steelers Defense.'"

James Harrison violently sacks the quarterback.

"And James Harrison says, 'Wait a minute, I want you dead.'"

And so on.

Imagine, just for this post, if it was accepted practice for reporters to attribute quotes to athletes based solely on their actions. I promise, afterward you can go back to imagining yourself firing off wishes in one of those State Farm commercials. Sure, the one with the girl from 4E if you want.

JUPITER, Fla. (WGS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals made their best offer to Albert Pujols, and he said, "Nope. That's garbage. Get that out of my face."

Sources would not comment as to whether the Cardinals actually treated the offer like garbage.

Pujols, widely considered the most-feared batter in the National League, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. St. Louis would like to continue negotiating with Pujols, who said, "Not-uh. I imposed a Wednesday deadline that wasn't met. Now go away; I don't want to talk to you no more."

The reported gap in negotiations centers on money, not years. The Cardinals are said to have offered 200 million total -- plus a possible ownership stake in the team -- to which he replied, "Can't accept that terrible deal. What's that, 25 million per year? Chump change per year's more like it."

". . . Psst. HELP ME. My agent and the MLBPA say if I accept anything less than 300 million over ten years, they won't be friends with me anymore. I really like having friends. HELP!"

The plea has done him no good, and he is reportedly cracking under the pressure of negotiating a deal on which the MLBPA is banking. Late Wednesday, Pujols said, "Oh yeah?! You're premature, Justin Bieber. How do you like them apples? Not very much I suspect."

Oh, wait. Turns out Pujols issued a statement and you can forget all those made up, mis-attributed quotes. But it was fun while it lasted.

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP