Albert Pujols is one of the greatest baseball players of all time, a fearsome hitter who terrified the National League for over a decade, won three Most Valuable Player awards and two World Series. After returning to the St. Louis Cardinals, he announced that 2022 would be his farewell season.
It turns out to be fun. Although no longer the slugger he once was, Pujols enjoys being part of a Cardinals team that is only two games behind in the NL Central race, and he will compete in the 2022 Home Run Derby, his fifth. Considering he’s currently fifth all-time in career home runs (and only needs 12 more to pass Alex Rodriguez for fourth), that seems extremely fitting.
He’s also still capable of pulling off iconic moments on the pitch. On Tuesday night, Pujols took a 93-mph lead from Los Angeles Dodgers starter Mitch White and drilled it into left field for his 685th career homer. The best part? After hitting him, Pujols traded a double high-five with rapper Nelly, another St. Louis icon. In a career filled with great memories, he is a worthy addition to the Pujols legend.
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