There’s a new two-way star on the block.
On Sunday night, the St. Louis Cardinals absolutely dismantled the San Francisco Giants, winning by a final of 15-6 and taking the rubber game of their three-game set.
The offense was clicking on all cylinders and went to work against Giants lefty Carlos Rodon.
But as the game shifted to the ninth inning, the Cardinals turned to Albert Pujols to put the finishing touches on the blowout victory.
Yes, you read that right.
Pujols literally pitched in last night’s game.
And while he surrendered four runs on two homers, he still managed to finish the job, providing the fans at Busch Stadium with a few laughs along the way.
MLB’s newest two-way player, Albert Pujols! pic.twitter.com/iJwjHtSyDx
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 16, 2022
Pujols For Cy Young
This is hilarious.
Whose idea it was to let him pitch is something we may never know, but the point is, baseball fans got to witness something that likely won’t be seen again.
When we think of two-way players, we immediately think of Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani.
But it’s easy to forget that Pujols and Ohtani were once teammates on the Angels.
Perhaps Pujols learned a thing or two about being a two-way player from Ohtani.
This is probably the only time we will see Pujols take the mound, unless the Cardinals find themselves in a position where they need to save their bullpen.
Pujols’ ERA sits at 36.00 after the Giants torched him for a few runs, but the point remains that he finished the job for St. Louis and made winners out of Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, who broke the all-time record for team wins as a pitcher-catcher battery.
Maybe it was Pujols’ idea, but at least we got to see a first.