The 42-year-old first baseman and designated hitter signed with St. Louis on a one-year, $2.5 million contract after 10 seasons away from his old stomping grounds.
The three were together when the Cards won it all in 2006 and in 2011.
It was Pujols out at first base when Wainwright struck out Carlos Beltran in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against the New York Mets, sending St. Louis to the Fall Classic.
It was also him out at first when Wainwright struck out Brandon Inge of the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the World Series to secure the Cardinals’ first title since 1982.
▫️ Albert Pujols
▫️ Adam Wainwright
▫️ Yadier Molina
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— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) March 28, 2022
The Band Is Back Together
It’s good to see these three legends back together for one last ride.
These three have been fixtures in Cardinals uniforms and it almost seemed like a formality that Pujols would return given the addition of the universal designated hitter in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
With all three stars reunited for one final season, the Cardinals will look to take a shot at winning their third World Series since 2006 and the 12th in their illustrious franchise history.
Pujols will likely split time with Corey Dickerson on DH duties, slotting in against left-handed pitchers.
Pujols hit .328 with 445 home runs in his first 11 years as a Cardinal.
He departed for the Los Angeles Angels mere months after they secured their 2011 title.
But now, Pujols is back in St. Louis, and fans are excited to see their former franchise icon in action one last time.
You can bet he’ll get a huge ovation from the Cardinal crowd on Opening Day.