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Angels say they’ve “handled” the “El Hombre” billboards that Albert Pujols didn’t like

Feb 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim Reuters

Last week Albert Pujols expressed his displeasure with the Angels’ marketing campaign that used billboards bearing his face and the “El Hombre” nickname that he’s never liked being associated with and now the team has responded.

Angels president John Carpino told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that the situation has been “handled” and after speaking to Pujols’ agent there are no further plans to use the nickname on anything.

For now at least the billboards remain up in about 20 locations around California, but Carpino said: “If it caused embarrassment for Albert out of respect for Stan Musial, that’s the only concern of ours. Stan is a baseball icon. It was just an aggressive marketing campaign.”

Carpino revealed that the Angels received negative e-mails from fans about the billboards, but added that there hasn’t been “any fallout.” Pujols has said in the past that he didn’t approve of the nickname because Musial is “The Man” in St. Louis and he respects his legacy too much to use “El Hombre.”

Ultimately this is far from a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it’s just surprising and a little weird that the Angels didn’t know about his stance on the nickname before deciding to plaster it all over town. Or knew and just didn’t care. Either way.

  1. pjmitch - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    The Angels didn’t know because they continue their history of screwing up a good thing when they have it. You would think anytime they put Pujols up anywhere, they would run it by him first. Oh wait, he’s not a person, he’s a commodity. Never mind.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    It was a boneheaded mistake that obviously shoulda been researched beforehand but hardly anything that should put any long term (or short term for that matter) strain on the player/organization going forward.

  3. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    They are his employers, they pay for his agents hookers, they pay for the bibles his bat-$hit crazy wife uses to beat people down with. If they want to use his likeness to sell tickets so be it. Shut-up, hit HR’s and be happy someone over paid by about 4 years.

    • El Bravo - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      It’s not his likeness, silly. That’s the point.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        I chukle when you call me silly

  4. westcoastredbird - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    The Angels changed the billboards to read “Dinero Gigante”.

  5. dickclydesdale - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Albert is just white washed, thats why he does not use his real name of Jose.
    If the signs said” the man” he would be ok with it but not the el hombre spanish moniker.

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