Demand for Angels tickets up since Pujols, Wilson signings
The Angels have sold 3,300 new season tickets and 4,500 mini-season ticket plans since the Dec. 8 additions of slugger Albert Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson, the team's marketing department announced Thursday.
Premium seat sales are also up 80% over last year's sales, and when combined with the boost in season-ticket and mini-plan sales, revenue is more than $5 million ahead of where it was in December 2010.
The Angels committed $331.5 million to Pujols and Wilson on the last day of the winter meetings in Dallas, agreeing to terms on a 10-year, $254-million deal with Pujols, the former St. Louis first baseman who led the Cardinals to the World Series championship in October, and a five-year, $77.5-million deal with Wilson, who helped the Texas Rangers reach the last two World Series.
Pujols' contract reportedly includes at least two hefty incentive bonuses -- he will receive an additional $7 million if he breaks Barry Bonds' career home run record of 762 and $3 million if he reaches 3,000 hits.
Pujols, a three-time National League most valuable player who turns 32 in January, amassed 2,073 hits and 445 home runs in 11 seasons with the Cardinals.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Albert Pujols. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Associated Press