Pujols update • The Cubs contacted Albert Pujols’ agent on Friday to express interest, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation. They are the third team to enter the Pujols’ sweepstakes. The Cardinals and the Miami Marlins have already submitted offers to the three-time MVP. Both offers have been for nine years, sources have confirmed to the Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals’ offer, made in January when the two sides were discussing an extension, was worth $198 million, or an average of $22 million per season. The Marlins’ offer was believed to be less than the Cardinals’.
“I‘ve learned that I should always put my best foot forward — even when I’m in a bathroom.”—Laura Coppinger, the actress who played the St. Charles Christmas Traditions character the Sugar Plum Fairy. Coppinger was fired because she cursed after she accidentally flushed — a no-no — while taking a city-mandated drug test. Two merchants, the owners of Riverside Sweets and Grandma’s Cookies, now have hired Coppinger to work during the holiday season at their sweet shops.
“The only way to be completely safe and not complicate your life is to abstain. If you can’t do that, be monogamous. If you can’t do that, practice safe sex and use a condom. If you can’t do that, you’re going to get an STD.”—Pamela Rice Walker, St. Louis health department director. St. Louis city ranks second for chlamydia, third for gonorrhea and 20th for syphilis rates when compared to U.S. counties and independent cities, according to the city health department’s analysis of the data.
“First and foremost, I am very disappointed in myself for my lack of judgment in this instance. Nobody should drink and drive, including me.”—University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, who was arrested Wednesday night in Columbia, Mo., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Pinkel issued an apology; athletics director Mike Alden is scheduled to talk to the media at 4 p.m. today.