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As a Saint Louis Cardinals fan, I’m trying to deal with the apostasy of Albert Pujols. I’m taking the long view and I hope it works. Preposterously, the Cardinals wound up winning the World Series this past season, despite having only one starting pitcher of any distinction and a lot of other problems besides. Given MLB parity plus cosmic justice, the Cardinals are a few years away from winning another title under any circumstances, so those years might as well be spent recalibrating the team without the massive salary and diminishing skill set Pujols would have imposed on them.
That’s the long view, part one. Let’s begin long view, part two, with a look at how less high-minded Cardinals fans have reacted.