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St. Louis welcomes the Cardinals home after their World Series win

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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols waves to fans during a victory parade on Oct. 30, 2011 in St. Louis.

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ST. LOUIS - A red sea of fans jammed downtown St. Louis to honor the World Series champion Cardinals and send a clear message to Albert Pujols: Please stay

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?"

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Fans cheer outside Busch Stadium during a victory parade in celebration of the Cardinals' 11th World Series victory.

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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa gives a thumbs-up as he participates in a victory parade for the baseball World Series champions.

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