The St. Louis Cardinals are visiting Toronto Blue Jays in Canada, as both teams are playing a crucial series.
Albert Pujols, who announced he is going to retire after the season, is enjoying quite the farewell tour.
Every stadium he visits, he receives a standing ovation and lots of hat tips, a sign of the respect and admiration he has cultivated for years around the league.
Toronto was not an exception: the city and fans at Rogers Centre took some time to recognize and applaud one of the best hitters the game has ever seen.
“Thank you to the @BlueJays and their fans!,” the Cardinals’ official Twitter account wrote, with a short video of Pujols about to bat.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 26, 2022
The Toronto Crowd Applauded Pujols
He had to take a moment to acknowledge all the signs of love and respect from opposing players and the crowd.
Canada sure knows a good baseball player when it sees it: Pujols’ greatness is bigger than any rivalry between two teams in the thick of a playoff race, trying to win a game.
Pujols recently gifted us a good performance at the Home Run Derby, and was invited to the All-Star Game by the Commissioner.
The 2022 season hasn’t been all that great for him from a stats standpoint (he is slashing .228/.311/.386 with six home runs), but he is a veteran leader in the Cards’ clubhouse and is part of a playoffs race for one last time.
That’s probably good enough to fill his soul with happiness.
One of the greatest players to ever don a big league uniform is about to say goodbye.
The league is making sure to recognize his greatness.