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Aledmys Diaz hit a ball into the Big Mac sign during batting practice, and it's still up there

Almost eight years ago, Albert Pujolslaunched an assault on the "Big Mac Land" sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The letter "I" was never heard from again:

The sign was repaired during the Cardinals' next road trip, and when Pujols was asked for his thoughts, this was his response: "The best thing you can do is knock it down again."
For years, Prince Albert's challenge went unheeded, and the sign lived in peace. Until, finally, a hero emerged: St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Díaz managed to lodge a ball in the "G" during batting practice on Friday, and it was still there while the Cardinals took on the Reds on Saturday afternoon.

Diaz, for his part, was primarily concerned about property damage -- when asked about it, he (jokingly) passed the blame on to noted sluggerAdam Wainwright before finally taking credit. He then went out and hit two homers in a 10-4 victory, presumably in an effort to knock the original ball down before anyone else noticed.