Albert Pujols continues to etch his name in the baseball history books.
The future Hall-of-Famer hit a bit of a snag at the plate in June, but now he appears to be heating up again.
The St. Louis Cardinals brought him back home as a guy who they could use as a DH against lefties.
Yesterday, Pujols made a little history.
He was one extra-base hit away from tying Stan Musial, another Cardinals great, for third all-time.
With a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth, he did just that and led the way as the Cards rallied for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Cardinals tweeted a graphic featuring Pujols and Musial, celebrating Pujols’ accomplishment.
Stan 🤝 Albert
1,377 extra base hits pic.twitter.com/uueLujuYRY
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 10, 2022
The Machine Matches Stan The Man
Pujols’ return to St. Louis is about more than just simply sentiment.
But with home run No. 684, Pujols tied a Cardinals legend for a bit of history.
During Pujols’ first stint in St. Louis, he was often referred to as “El Hombre”, which is Spanish for “The Man”, which was Musial’s nickname.
The two Cards legends had a close relationship when Pujols was first in St. Louis.
Now, Pujols has honored his old friend by tying him on the all-time extra base hits list.
It’s always nice to see history made in baseball, but it’s bittersweet in this case.
This is Pujols’ final season in the big leagues.
While he probably won’t get to 700 home runs, he has at the very least matched the greatest player to ever wear the Birds on the Bat in an important category.
We’ll see what else the Machine has in store for the rest of the season.