Over the last few days, word has reached the non-California parts of the world that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have initiated a new marketing campaign featuring Albert Pujols.
That is hardly news in itself. After all, since Halos owner Arte Moreno committed $270 million of his money to bring the first baseman to Anaheim for the next two decades, it only makes sense his organization wants to sell more tickets as a result, especially to the large Hispanic population in Southern California.
The rub is that the focus of the campaign is a phrase considered sacred in St. Louis. Angels billboards feature the name and number on the back of Pujols’ jersey, accompanied by the words, “El Hombre,” which is Spanish for “The Man.”
When the Spanish variation of this nickname first emerged several years back, Pujols made it clear he did not want it used because he considers Hall of Famer Stan Musial to be The Man in St. Louis.
Well, Pujols is not in St. Louis anymore. Further, the indig...