Updated: (April 4, 2022)
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale posted on Twitter: Albert Pujols announces that he is filing for divorce after 22 years with his wife Deidre.
STLSportsPage.com was told about the situation a few days ago by a source close to the couple but chose not to use it out of respect for Deidre who was undergoing brain surgery.
Here is the statement from Albert Pujols posted by Nightengale.
Original Story: (Posted March 30, 2022)
On the day that Deidre Pujols says she had brain tumor surgery, her husband Cardinals great Albert Pujols went 1-for-3 for the Cardinals in their game against the Nationals in West Palm Beach. (For Rob Rains’ game report CLICK HERE)
On Tuesday night, Deidre took took to Instagram saying, “ I will arrive for a surgery to remove a brain tumor that was discovered in my head back in October. I have delayed this procedure for as long as I could out of fear and inconvenience to my busy life. However, I can wait no longer.”
Monday afternoon, Albert Pujols was introduced at the spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium to loud applause and then Wednesday he was in the lineup for the first game back with the team since 2011.
“When I went to visit with the doctor, he said it’s not really like a major thing,” Pujols said. “But any time you open your scalp and your head you are always concerned about it, You trust the doctor that they have that wisdom and that gift. As much as we take swings in the cage, they do surgery.”
His wife expressed a little apprehension, saying “none of us are guaranteed our last breath.”
“I have a birthdate and I have a death date but it’s the dash in between that means the most,” she said. “I don’t believe I’m finished living out my dash but in sensitive times like I will be entering in tomorrow, I can’t help but reevaluate all of my life investments from relationships, spiritually, mentally, etc and did I do life to the fullest.”
In the post, which was the night before the surgery, she said she felt “positive” of the outcome of the procedure. Her husband said it was also on his mind but that he was able to concentrate on baseball when he needed to.
“I think about it, but when it’s time to lock in, I focus on what I need to do,” Pujols said. “Yes, my thoughts and my prayers are with Didi and my family.”
Here is Deidre’s entire post from Instagram: