ST. LOUIS Former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols surprised guests at his annual charity golf tournament in St. Louis Monday by showing up in person to thank them for their support.
The charity event benefiting the Pujols Family Foundation was rebranded as the 1st Annual Matt Holliday Celebrity Golf Classic this year with Pujols signing a 10-year contract to play for the Anaheim Angels.
But in his first public appearance back in St. Louis since leaving for Anaheim, Pujols showed up to St. Albans Country Club unannounced Monday, taking advantage of the Angels' off day before they begin a series Tuesday night in Boston.
"I think it was real important for me to be here so that's why I'm here," Pujols told reporters. "It's great to be here. We're on our way to Boston for a road trip and I stopped here. This is the first time I've been with my teammates that we had the great success last year so it's great to be here."
Pujols spent time chatting with his former teammates and friends ...