Pujols himself had two hits against the Giants on Sunday night, coming through when the Cardinals needed him most and helping provide a spark that led to Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina picking up win No. 203 as a battery to break the all-time record.
Interestingly, it was Pujols that took the ball in the top of the ninth inning to finish the job for St. Louis.
Codify tweeted an interesting fact, stating that Pujols is just the second player in baseball history to have hit 500 or more home runs, stolen 100 or more bases, and pitched.
The other was Babe Ruth.
✅100+ stolen bases
Only 2 players to do all 3 in major league history?
Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols 🔥 https://t.co/NuQKpv70n9
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) May 16, 2022
The Machine Matches The Bambino
Once again, Pujols is making some history, joining Ruth in elite company.
Though it was done in an unforeseen way, it’s still history.
Not many guys can claim that they’re in the same company as the Great Bambino.
But here Pujols is, having matched him twice during his illustrious career.
The first time was in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, where he hit three home runs against the Texas Rangers.
This means that Pujols has matched Ruth on both sides of the ball.
Pujols’ pitching performance was far from stellar, as he allowed four runs on two homers.
But he still matched Ruth in some unique history and also put the finishing touches on a historic night for his two longtime teammates and friends.
That’s what a legend does and that’s exactly what Pujols is.
We’ll see if the Cardinals ever let him pitch again.