Albert Pujols unveils portrait painted by George W. Bush

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By , Audacy Sports

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has long been a living baseball legend. Now he's been immortalized by a former US president.

Pujols on Wednesday posted what is thought to be a first glimpse of a portrait of himself, painted by President George W. Bush.

In the social media post, published on Facebook, Pujols and his wife Deidre appear in a series of photos, along with Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, apparently taken at an event this week.

Pujols' post thread includes a thank you to Bush, and a link to purchase the book through Bush's Presidential Library.

"I want to send the utmost appreciation and thanks to President George W. Bush for including me in his new book," Pujols said. "Monday, April 26, 2021, the President graciously invited me over to see the paintings he created and to meet with him and former First Lady Laura Bush.

"I felt an overwhelming sense of humility and appreciation. Only through God's grace does a little boy from the Dominican Republic find himself being honored by the former leader of the free world. Thank you, Mr. President, for a day I will never forget."

The oil painting of Pujols is one of several completed by Bush in a series focusing on prominent American immigrants. Others include
Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, the first foreign-born player to win NBA MVP.

The collection of Bush's artwork was set to be published in a forthcoming book titled "Out of Many, One."

The 43rd president has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office in January 2009, though he has long been reported to have taken up painting as a hobby.

Pujols was arguably baseball's best and most feared slugger during Bush's presidency -- outside of Barry Bonds -- when he starred for the St. Louis Cardinals in the first decade of the 21st century.

The 41-year-old three-time MVP, nicknamed "The Machine," has slugged 667 career homers through Wednesday night's action, and is all but assured of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame upon retiring.

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