Twenty-four hours after lamenting what he felt was excessive pressure placed by the union on star players in contract negotiations, La Russa stood by his comments. On Tuesday, La Russa said that he believed the union's tactics were "not arm-twisting, [but] dropping anvils on your back."
In response, players union chief Michael Weiner told The Associated Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that not only was there no pressure placed on Pujols, but that the MLBPA hadn't even talked to Pujols or his agent, Dan Lozano. The disagreement became national news, but La Russa said he did not have second thoughts about either what he said or how he said it.
"I saw [this] was kind of omitted -- I said if I was running the union or part of the union, I'm not sure I'd have handled it any different," La Russa said. "I checked with some of our veteran coaches, and it strains credibility a little bit to think that there hasn't been any contact or mention of Albert. He's too significant. I don't second-guess the union. I'm just saying, to me, it's exactly what I said yesterday, and that's it. It's a big decision, and you ought to be able to look at all the factors, not one more, and none others."