THE SPORTING NEWS PRINT FROM THE MAY 26, 2006 COVER IS HAND SIGNED BY ALBERT PUJOLS .THE PRINT IS OF THE SPORTING NEWS COVER AND HAS BEEN AUTHENTICATED BY UPPER DECK. THIS IS EXTREMELY RARE SINCE ALBERT DOES NOT LIKE TO BE CALLED "EL HOMBRE" (THE MAN) DUE TO STAN MUSIAL BEING CALLED "STAN THE MAN".
Albert Pujols: Not El Hombre
By Bernie Miklasz
Greetings from Jupiter, Fla on 2/26/2010.
My week at spring training is just about up.
1. Albert Pujols does not like his nickname: In a pleasant and wide-ranging interview that lasted nearly 30 minutes, the Cardinals first baseman and three-time National League MVP was in a great mood and had a lot of things to say. Heres one item: Pujols politely asked that the media and fans refrain from calling him El Hombre because he believes it is disrespectful to Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan The Man Musial.
Pujols has said this before, but seems especially adamant this time. I do not want to be called that Pujols said. There is one man that gets that respect, and that is Stan Musial. He is the Man. He is the Man in St. Louis. And I know El Hombre means The Man in Spanish. But Stan is The Man. You can call me whatever else you want, but just do not call me El Hombre.