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Theriot: Pujols to Cubs a 'gamechanger'

11/1/2011
Ryan Theriot said losing Albert Pujols to the Cubs would be a "gamechanger." Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot is too gratified by the joy of winning a World Series title to lament the loss of manager Tony La Russa, but Theriot did take a moment Tuesday to consider another possible Cardinals loss.

Albert Pujols is perhaps the top free agent on the market, and many have speculated the Chicago Cubs might take a run at the first baseman.

Theriot, who played his first six seasons with the Cubs, understands the intensity of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. He fanned those flames when he signed with St. Louis and said he landed on the right side of the rivalry. So he knows what it would mean to Chicago if Pujols landed with the Cubs.

"Man, what a gamechanger," Theriot said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "That would be pretty good for the city of Chicago, I'll tell you that much."

But Theriot isn't ready to say goodbye just yet.

"You never know, we'll see what happens with Albert," he said. "I don't know. I can't speak for him, but the fact of the matter is we won a world championship. We're world champs and what a great experience."

Theriot is optimistic new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will help his former team.

"I was excited for the Cubs," he said. "I think that's a great hire. I think he's definitely going to come in there and shake some things up. You saw what he did in Boston [with two world championships]."

But whether Epstein can land Pujols, or whether he'll even want to at an exorbitant number, remains to be seen.