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."
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