There are currently 10 statues honoring St. Louis Cardinals legends at Busch Stadium, including Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith and 6 other old dudes. Yesterday, an 11th statue was unveiled for Albert Pujols, commissioned by an anonymous donor and designed by the same man who created the statues at Busch. The only problem is that this statue isn’t at Busch. It’s at the Pujols 5 restaurant in St. Louis’ West Port Plaza.
It’s a pretty nice start, though, in showing El Hombre that the community loves him. It’s more than can be said for a lot of cities and fans when a superstar athlete is on the verge of leaving.
*stares blankly at city of Orlando*
Pujols told the crowd, 20-people deep in places, that he points “to remind me it’s not about me. It’s about Jesus Christ.”
Pujols, as he has done before, spoke highly of Cardinals fans, calling St. Louis “the best city to play baseball.”
(Via the STL Today)
And now it just has to be the wealthiest city. As Darren Rovell pointed out this morning on Twitter to people who loathe him, there won’t be a Christmas this year for kids who wanted an autographed St. Louis Cardinals World Series team ball. Pujols apparently wanted too much money to sign WS balls, making the ball “cost prohibitive.” That beeping sound you hear is a Brinks truck pulling up to Bill DeWitt’s house. This is about to get messy.
(Images via the Associated Press.)