In the bottom of the first, Arenado blasted a two-run homer out to left field to give St. Louis an early 2-0 lead.
Albert Pujols, back with the Cardinals after 10 seasons away, came to the plate next and on the first pitch from Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch, Pujols sent one over the left field wall and sent the St. Louis crowd into a frenzy, as he had done so many times before.
After the game, Arenado was asked how going back-to-back with Pujols, his favorite player growing up made him feel.
He had this to say.
How did Nolan Arenado feel about going back-to-back with his favorite player, Albert Pujols?
"I feel like the fans were pretty excited when I hit my homer. But they were at a five, and then when Albert hit his, everybody went to a 10, 12, including myself." #STLCards
— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) April 13, 2022
The city of St. Louis has certainly missed having “El Hombre” on their hometown team.
For the first time since Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, Pujols hit a home run as a member of the Cardinals, and Arenado, as well as Cardinals, fans were loving every second of it.
There’s just something about Pujols being back in St. Louis and hitting bombs.
It’s a sight that Cardinals fans have grown accustomed to over the many years of Pujols’ career and something that Arenado grew up loving to watch happen.
But for him, the cycle has come full circle.
He now has a chance to play with Pujols for the latter’s final big-league season.
To go back-to-back with him had to be a dream come true for Arenado.
But his take on Pujols’ home run is pretty accurate.
There’s something special about Pujols going yard in St. Louis, and it’s a sight that Cardinals fans hope to see a lot of this season.