The Leones del Escogido reported that there is still no date for Pujols to enter the game, while the 3 MVP of the National League described as a “blessing” and “a dream come true” to have the opportunity to play in the Dominican winter ball
Albert pujols was officially unveiled this Friday afternoon as a player for the Leones del Escogido, thus confirming that the Major League Baseball superstar will see action for the first time in the Dominican Republic since he was selected in the first draft held at LIDOM this season. 2002.
“This has been a blessing. It is the opportunity they have been waiting for many years. Thank goodness for the opportunity. Since I was a child I always wanted to play at the Quisqueya Stadium. It is a dream come true.”
With these words Albert Pujols began his formal presentation, after Eduardo Najri and José Gómez Frías, vice president and general manager of the Leones del Escogido, put on the scarlet jersey and officially welcome him to the team.
“I promised, before I retired I was going to play here. That does not mean that I am going to retire yet, “clarified the player of 21 seasons in the Major Leagues.” God’s timing is perfect. Thank you to the entire board for the opportunity and I will try to do my best to win a championship, “he added.
According to the information, the player who has played with the Cardinals, Angels and Dodgers in the Major Leagues will use the number 5, which was loaned by another team legend, Junior Noboa, present at the table of honor, since he was withdrawn by the team. Noboa is currently the Baseball Commissioner for the Dominican Republic.
“I do not know if I am more excited as a manager of the chosen one or as a fan of LIDOM, but today is a historic day. It’s something that fans have been waiting for a long time. We hope that the successes you have had abroad are also found here at LIDOM ”, said Najri, visibly moved when welcoming Albert Pujols.
“It is an honor to share the integration of Albert Pujols to the Lions. As an operations team and coaching staff we are happy to have him on the team. It has been a process of several years, there has always been an intention to have it here and the circumstances were given to make it happen, ”said Gómez Frías.
“There is no date yet for his debut. But we want to activate it as soon as possible. If it were up to Albert, I would be playing tonight, “the scarlet executive also pointed out.
Pujols arrived at the Quisqueya Stadium around 5 p.m., and was greeting his new teammates in the clubhouse and had a little batting practice before starting the presentation press conference.