Hundreds of thousands at Cardinals World Series parade and rally

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.