Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols is the focal point of the Angels' 2012 marketing campaign, which kicked off in late January with 70 billboards throughout Southern California, 20 of which refer to the former St. Louis Cardinals star as "El Hombre," The Man.
One little problem: Pujols would prefer not to be called "El Hombre."
The slugger asked the St. Louis media and fans in 2010 to refrain from using the nickname because he felt it was disrespectful to Cardinals Hall of Fame member Stan "The Man" Musial, and those feelings have not changed now that Pujols is in Anaheim.
"I feel the same way," Pujols said before Wednesday morning's workout in Tempe Diablo Stadium. "I had nothing to do with the billboards. They haven't talked to me about it."
Would Pujols be OK with the Angels using the nickname in future campaigns?
"I haven't made that decision, so I haven't talked to them about it," Pujols said, "but I prefer they not use that."
The Angels did not consult with Puj...