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Albert Pujols statue unveiled at West Port Plaza
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Albert Pujols statue unveiled at West Port Plaza

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A 10-foot, 1,100-pound statue of Cardinals great Albert Pujols pointing at the sky after a home run was dedicated today outside the Pujols 5 restaurant in West Port Plaza.

Pujols told the crowd, 20-people deep in places, that he points "to remind me it's not about me. It's about Jesus Christ."

An anonymous donor two years ago commissioned the statue, which was created by Harry Weber, who also created 10 of the statues of players around Busch Stadium.

"It's just wonderful," said Martha Cook of Cedar Hill, who attended the dedication ceremony. "That is Albert." 

Pujols spoke briefly but did not address the issue of his future, now that he is a free agent. He said he talked to Tony La Russa this morning, the first time they had spoken since La Russa announced his retirement as manager of the Cardinals. La Russa wanted to know whether Pujols was OK, Pujols said, and Pujols wanted to know whether La Russa was OK.

Pujols, as he has done before, spoke highly of Cardinals fans, calling St. Louis "the best city to play baseball."

The statue belongs to the Pujols Family Foundation, which is based at West Port Plaza.

Replicas of the statue, and copies of Weber's original sketch of the sculpture, are available for purchase, with proceeds to benefit the Pujols Family Foundation. For more information, go to www.fineartlimited.com, or call 636-537-1500.

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