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|Albert Pujols Welcomed by Thousands of Angels Fans
|ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Albert Pujols has arrived in Southern California, and the feared slugger says his staggering new paychecks aren't the only reason he moved to the Los Angeles Angels.
Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson made the first public appearances with their new team on Saturday at a raucous pep rally at Angel Stadium. Thousands of fans showed up to celebrate the Angels' audacious signing of two elite free agents in their primes for a combined $331.5 million.
Pujols pulled on his new white jersey and red cap to adoring chants of ''We got Albert!''
The three-time MVP says his decision to leave the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals after 11 seasons was gut-wrenching, but Angels owner Arte Moreno's commitment to charity work and the Angels' family atmosphere swayed him.
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