The Albert Pujols contract tug-of-war

If the Cardinals icon leaves St. Louis, it won't be because of the players' union

Updated: February 16, 2011, 1:19 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- Back in Stan Musial's day, it's an excellent bet that his manager never once complained that the players' union was beating on him to grab for as many millions as he could get.

For one thing, there was no such thing as "millions." Not even for the great Stan Musial. And for another thing, there was no such thing as a players' union. Not one headed by Marvin Miller, anyway.

Yes, times were more peaceful then. Or, as Tony La Russa put it Tuesday on a sparkling ...

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