MLB is full of historically relevant plays that are imprinted on our memories.
Jim Edmonds‘ incredible running catch in center field, back on June 10, 1997, is definitely one of them.
He was with the Anaheim Angels back then, but went on to make some history with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early and mid-2000s.
Angels reporter Mike DiGiovanna told a story that involves Edmonds and one of the best hitters we have had the pleasure of watching in an MLB uniform: Albert Pujols.
“Fun fact: Albert Pujols, who was in high school in nearby Independence, Mo., at the time, was at this game in Kansas City, the first MLB game the future Hall of Famer had ever attended as a fan. He would later win a World Series with Edmonds in STL,” he tweeted.
Fun fact: Albert Pujols, who was in high school in nearby Independence, Mo., at the time, was at this game in Kansas City, the first MLB game the future Hall of Famer had ever attended as a fan. He would later win a World Series with Edmonds in STL. https://t.co/46qnwu6hTr
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 10, 2022
Pujols And Edmonds Would Deliver A World Series To Cardinals Fans
That is just fascinating: Pujols’ first game ever as a fan was the one with Edmonds’ amazing catch in center field.
Fate wanted these two incredible players to be together on the same team and find their way to the World Series.
Pujols made his big league debut in 2001 and Edmonds went to the Cardinals a year before, in 2000.
They won the 2006 World Series together: Pujols’ career was starting, and Edmonds’ was nearing its end.
Those Cardinals were heavy underdogs back then, but they won anyway.
Edmonds left the Cardinals a year later and retired in 2010, whereas Pujols kept mashing in St. Louis and signed with the franchise that saw Edmonds make that incredible catch: the Angels.
Baseball is full of incredible stories, and this one definitely qualifies as such.
That’s why it’s the most beautiful game on Earth.