Curt Flood, who paved the way for free agency
Sentimentality aside, one has to ask why the St. Louis Cardinals, whose owners control most of the beer that flows thro the veins of all sports in the United States, would not match the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim offer to Albert Pujols. Another St. Louis Cardinals player, who must be smiling from the heavens, is Curt Flood. Free agency, which Flood among others (but above all) fought for, means exactly that. Should Albert Pujols pass a physical, this seismic (it’s L.A. after all!) free-agent signing, coming on the heels of the Major League Baseball labor agreement
guaranteeing The Games till 2017, says everything about the business of 21st-century sports: certainly in America.