Pujols Hombre: Pujols & ‘El Hombre’ Nickname

February 23, 2012 by staff 

Pujols Hombre: Pujols & ‘El Hombre’ Nickname, It has been a story that manager Tony La Russa likes to tell for several years and one that local beat writers ran into at least a few times while covering the Cardinals clubhouse.

Albert Pujols, the three-time MVP, did not want to be called “El Hombre” as a nickname because, as he said, there is only one “The Man” in St. Louis.

Pujols expressed his discomfort with the nickname a few times publicly, and at least twice privately talked with reporters about not using the name.

It was, he insisted, too close to Stan Musial’s well-known moniker.

So it was with some surprise in the past month that the Los Angeles Angels – clearly tone deaf to Pujols’ past public comments – started advertising Pujols and the Angels on billboards around the Anaheim area with the back of his jersey and a simple over-sized phrase: “El Hombre.”

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