Pujols would go on to record three hits in four plate appearances as the Cards beat the Kansas City Royals by a final score of 6-5.
The home run prompted Cardinals’ broadcaster Dan McLaughlin to say “Welcome back, Albert! It’s like you never left!”
Fans certainly got a blast from the past with Pujols’ home run, but according to Steve Overbey of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pujols actually called his shot before he hit it.
“Sometimes, you get lucky,” Pujols said.
Albert called his shot, telling Marmol that he would hit the first pitch he saw over the wall. It happened. "Sometimes, you get lucky," Pujols told me.
— Steve Overbey (@overbey13) April 13, 2022
Pujols Calls It
It should never be a surprise when a guy like Pujols calls his shot.
He told manager Oliver Marmol that he was going to hit the first pitch he saw for a home run.
He did just that.
This man has been hitting bombs for over 20 years.
He now only needs 20 more home runs to reach the 700-mark.
Last night’s home run was No. 680, and he did it in style, homering back at Busch Stadium, where fans have grown accustomed to seeing him go yard.
But the mind of Pujols should never be overlooked.
When he feels that he has a chance to hit a home run, he’ll usually hit it.
He certainly isn’t the first to call his own shot, but he’s somebody that usually gets it done when he does call it.
Pujols had a vision and a goal, that he would hit the first pitch he saw for a homer and true to form, he didn’t miss it.