Hundreds of Thousands at Cardinals Parade, Rally

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago October 30, 2011 Oct 30, 2011 Sunday, October 30 2011 Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:00:00 PM CDT in Baseball
Source: The Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A red sea of fans jam downtown St. Louis to honor the world champion Cardinals and send a clear message to Albert Pujols: Please stay.

An official crowd estimate was not immediately available for Sunday's parade down the streets of St. Louis and the celebration at Busch Stadium, but city officials expected several hundred thousand. The crowd was so large that people were parking more than two miles from the parade route.

Pujols drew a long standing ovation at the stadium. When asked if he'd like to be back for another celebration next season, he smiled sheepishly and said, "Hey, why not?"

Pujols is a free agent. The Cardinals hope to keep him but it isn't clear if they'll be able to do so.

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