ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Chants of “Sign Albert!” could be heard outside of Busch Stadium this afternoon as a crowd gathered to urge Cardinals management to sign the three-time MVP.
The rally, organized via Facebook, was titled “Five 4 Life” and drew fans from both Illinois and Missouri in support of the slugger.
One fan, Kelly, drove from Glen Carbon and says she is a former season ticket holder.
“I can’t imagine the Cardinals without him,” she said. “It would be totally different not having him on the team anymore.”
Another Cardinal fan, Kerry, travelled to Busch from St. Peters.
“Pujols is my generation’s Stan Musial,” he said. “For all of those people who never got to see Stan, this is it for me.”
An organizer of the event, meanwhile, says the loss of Pujols could cripple the organization.
“They could barely be drawing fifteen thousand people to a game. There’s going to be empty seats and they’re going to lose advertising revenue.”
Pujols and the team continue to negotiate a contract expected to be in the area of 10 years, 300 million dollars.
But the superstar wasn’t the only popular Cardinal on the mind of “Five 4 Life” attendees.
“The first thing I did when I found out he signed the minor league contract was call my wife,” one man said. “She’s a huge Jim Edmonds fan.”
Another fan said he questions the logic behind bringing back an aging star in place of youngsters John Jay and Allen Craig.
Photos of the rally can be found here.
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