ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Following the win Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium, Colby Rasmus, manager Tony La Russa, and Albert Pujols were questioned about the reports that Rasmus had wanted to be traded away two months ago.
La Russa explained that his relationship with Rasmus is not perfect, and that there is nothing negative happening. The theory that Rasmus’ private batting lessons from his father, Tony Rasmus, had not been sitting well with La Russa going back to last season is not accurate. According to La Russa, he is in favor of Colby working with his father just as long as he his kept in the loop.
“This has gotten way too much attention”, La Russa commented, “And I’ve tried to straighten it out every chance I can.”
Albert Pujols was not pleased with what he had been told. Pujols would not say who told him about the alleged trade requests made by Rasmus, but just referred to the source as ‘another veteran’.
“I’m going to say something to (Colby)”, Pujols said, “I don’t think this should have been something that got into the paper. This should have been something between him and the manger and the G.M.”
Just before the club had to depart for their flight to Milwaukee, Rasmus finally appeared before reporters. When asked directly if he ever did request a trade, Rasmus simply replied, “No sir.”
Rasmus agreed with another reporter when asked if he thought the reports made on Sunday morning were wrong. He did talk about pressure that would tend to get to him from time to time, but he believes everything right now is fine with him and the Cardinals organization.
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