In conclusion: Thanks, mang.
Albert Pujols has a message to Cardinal Nation -- if anyone happens to stumble across it.
The words from the newest member of the Los Angeles Angels
can be found buried waaaay
back on page C10 of the sport section in today's Post-Dispatch
. In a full-page, paid advertisement, Pujols writes:
I want to thank each and every one of you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for the love and support you have shown me and my family for the past 11 years. In my time with the Cardinals, I have been fortunate enough to play on championship teams, and in front of championship fans. This community has reached out and embraced me, and for that I am truly humbled and grateful.
My decision to leave has been incredibly difficult, and your support is the biggest reason why. While I am excited about this new chapter in my life, it was very important to me to let you know that St. Louis has been, and will always remain in my heart. I have been honored to be able to wear the Cardinal uniform the last 11 seasons, and I want to thank the entire Cardinals organization, my teammates, coaches, managers and staff for everything they have given to me as well.
We call St. Louis home and my family and I are so blessed to have made lifelong relationships in St. Louis that we look forward to continuing for many years to come, and words cannot fully express our gratitude to you all.
Thank You and God Bless,
Albert and Deidre
Frankly, I feel Rick Ankiel's similar ad
last spring was sweeter and a lot more sincere. But what do you think? A classy move on Pujols part? Or little more than a duplicitous PR strategy?