Wherever Albert Pujols goes, history follows.
The St. Louis Cardinals‘ slugger is back for one final season and is finishing things off with the team he came up with.
Pujols hit fourth and was the designated hitter in last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and he picked up a pretty important hit and made some history.
But not before a little mistake by the home plate umpire.
Pujols took a pitch for strike two, but the umpire thought it was strike three, so he rung up the slugger, only for Pujols to remind him that it was only strike two.
A couple pitches later, Pujols picked up hit No. 3,320, passing Paul Molitor and moving into ninth all-time on the hit list.
The tweet below shows the series of events that unfolded during Pujols’ at-bat.
Umpire calls strike three on Albert Pujols when it's only strike two
A couple pitches later Pujols moves into ninth place on MLB's all-time hit list with No. 3,320 pic.twitter.com/MzMLDpBRf7
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 8, 2022
Strike Three… Oh Wait!
You’d hate to be that umpire who lost track of the count, but it made for a pretty funny moment.
The fact that Pujols looked him dead in the eye and told him it was only strike two is hilarious.
What’s even better is that Pujols shook it off and immediately picked up the historic hit.
That’s one way to do it.
Pujols has been rung up a bunch of times during his long and storied career, so he’s certainly no stranger to that, but he’s also no stranger to clutch moments and making some history, which is what he did after our home plate umpire made his little mistake.
Pujols may not be what he once was, but he’s still capable of getting the job done.
Him being back in St. Louis isn’t about just nostalgia.
He’s there to help the Cardinals win.