A 10-foot, 1,100-pound bronze statue of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols at its dedication Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Maryland Heights, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Hundreds of St. Louis Cardinals fans turned out for the unveiling of an Albert Pujols statue outside his restaurant.
Some of the fans encouraged him to stay in St. Louis. Pujols did not mention free agency Wednesday during his speech as he stood near the 10-foot, 1,100-pound bronze likeness of himself.
The 31-year-old Pujols is a free agent for the first time after spending his first 11 major league seasons with the Cardinals. The two sides did not discuss a contract extension during the season, which ended with a World Series championship over the Texas Rangers.
Funds for the statue were provided by an anonymous donor two years ago. The sculpture was made by Harry Weber and is similar to Weber’s work on Cardinals Hall of Famers outside Busch Stadium.