SANTO DOMINGO – It’s official, Albert Pujols was integrated this Friday into the Lions of the Chosen One.
After a meeting with the national press in which he was presented by the board of directors and the management of the capital group.
Although he still does not have a specific date for his debut, the new member of the scarlet team practiced with the team.
He assured that he is in full condition to enter the game as soon as the conditions are met.
“This has been a blessing, an opportunity that I have waited for many years, (…) and I thank God for being here at winter ball,” he said.
“I remember when I sold sandwiches in the boxes and always said that I wanted to come and play in the play,” said Pujols.
Regarding the integration of the future Hall of Fame, the general manager of the Lions, José Gómez Frías, said that due to the rules of the League, which establishes weekly rosters, Pujols will not be able to be integrated immediately.
But he clarified that as soon as possible, the slugger will be strengthening the middle part of the red lineup.
“Bringing Albert has been a process of several years, since there has always been an intention to have him in the Escogido, and now the conditions were in place,” said Gómez Frías.
On their side, the board of Escogido Baseball Club, represented at the meeting by its vice president Eduardo Najri, expressed their joy at having the veteran player in the ranks of the team.
“Today is a day of rejoicing for everyone to have Albert in the Dominican League and especially in the Escogido. I know that José Miguel (Bonetti) had years trying to achieve this, but I am honored to be able to welcome you on behalf of the board, ”he said.
Pujols will play with number 5 (retired), which was loaned in a special way by Junior Noboa, who operated with that uniform with the scarlets, and who was also present at the press conference.