September 16, 2014

For Pujols, Stan is still “The Man”

One of 20 billboards in So. Cal.

Albert Pujols had a request for the media when he played in St. Louis. Do not refer to him as “El Hombre.” It’s a touchy subject for Pujols who has built a strong relationship with Stan “The Man” Musial over the years. “I still have the same respect for him as I had, not just for what he’s done in baseball but for what he did for his country,” Pujols said. “That’s something you have to appreciate.”

So, as you can imagine, Pujols wasn’t too pleased with his new team’s marketing campaign that features 20 billboards in Southern California depicting Pujols with the words “El Hombre,” alongside. The Los Angeles Angels admit they didn’t consult with Pujols on the marketing idea, which was planned shortly after the team signed Pujols to it’s 10 year, $250 million contract. “Like I say, I haven’t talked to them, but I prefer not to use ,” Pujols said Wednesday.

The team does not plan to take down any of the billboards.