Albert Pujols definitely carries a lot of weight in The Angels organization. The recently-signed slugger is the team’s star attraction and now he’s using his clout to pull a series of “El Hombre” billboards.
As we mentioned earlier, Pujols felt uncomfortable with the “Hombre” moniker because he felt it shadowed the talents of legendary player Stan “The Man” Musial. Albert is a friend of Stan’s and, as a sign of respect, ordered to the “Hombre” billboards axed.
Many wondered if the advertising team would actually do it, since they had obviously spent millions promoting the name across Los Angeles. But lo and behold, they gave in this week and told the press that they would be changing their marketing strategy.
VP of Communications Tim Mead made the announcement Tuesday, which could cause friction with some of the fans. Pujols’ die-hard followers have known him as “El Hombre” for many years and may find it hard to change their chants. But perhaps they can ease the transition by yelling out his other famous nickname, Phat Albert.
By Michael Lopez