On Sunday night, as the St. Louis Cardinals finished off their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants with a 15-6 blowout victory, something interesting took place.
Albert Pujols, who had gone 2-for-3 at the plate as the designated hitter, ended up taking the mound for an inning of work in the top of the ninth.
No, you’re not dreaming.
That was in fact The Machine on the mound.
Pujols recorded the final three outs as the Cardinals won their series with the Giants.
Several people on Twitter have posed the question of whether or not more two-way players are on their way, saying that if anything, it will give teams larger bullpens.
Jeff Passan of ESPN had a hilarious and perfect response.
Yes. His name is Albert Pujols. https://t.co/bwWZwP0hDi
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 16, 2022
New Two-Way Star On The Block
Maybe Pujols is our next two-way star.
With this being his final season in the big leagues, he doesn’t have a whole lot of time to hone his two-way abilities.
But at least he got to put them on full display last night in front of the loyal fans at Busch Stadium.
But Passan’s response is perfect and hilarious.
You never know what you’re going to see in baseball.
You might just see a pretty big first.
And there it was on full display in last night’s game.
The fact that Pujols did it on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast was even more exciting.
He got to pitch and do it for the whole sports world to see.
And Cardinals fans certainly enjoyed it as well.
It was the first time Pujols had ever pitched in a big-league game and for all we know, it’s probably going to be the last.