Albert Pujols will go down as one of the best power hitters of all time.
Last night, Pujols hit his first home run as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals since his three-home run outburst in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, sending the crowd at Busch Stadium into a frenzy.
Pujols’ first inning homer off of Kansas City Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch was No. 680 of his storied career.
He now needs just 20 more homers to reach 700 for his career.
However, ESPN presented an interesting stat regarding Pujols and his home runs with the Cardinals.
In 2001, his rookie season, it took him all of four games to hit his first big-league homer.
Now back with the Cardinals after 10 years in SoCal, it took him just two games to blast a home run.
Albert Pujols hit his 680th career HR Tuesday night, his first with the Cardinals since 2011.
It took him 4 games as a 21-year-old to hit his first career HR with the Cardinals and just 2 games this time around as a 42-year-old. pic.twitter.com/mr2F4qCmm3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 13, 2022
It’s Go-Time For The Machine
The Machine isn’t fooling around or wasting any time.
He wants to reach the 700-home run plateau and he got a little closer last night with his first-inning blast.
Pujols is no stranger to great and historic moments, and he certainly isn’t done hitting home runs just yet.
This man is going for it.
He wants to get to 700 and do so fast.
There isn’t much time for him to do it, but Pujols sure isn’t wasting any time trying to make some more history.
The home run gave St. Louis fans a nice flashback to the good old days when Pujols would crush baseballs out of Busch Stadium.
It’s a sight that fans are so used to seeing these days that it almost felt like Pujols never left St. Louis.
And now, he has a chance to reach a historic milestone in his final season, back where it all began.