In the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, Albert Pujols relived his greatest glory days with the wood. and not only led his team to victory with a couple of homers, but once again, put his name next to Willie Mays.
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The native of Santo Domingo and future member of the Hall of Fame, reached 10 homers in the current season and 689 for life, placing himself seven short of tying Alex Rodríguez and 11 of the 700.
He also put together his 63rd career multi-HR game, tying Willie Mays for fifth all-time in that row. Only Mark McGwire (67), Sammy Sosa (69), Barry Bonds (71) and Babe Ruth (72) have more games like this than them.
"It's great every time you get on the same page with Willie Mays," he said. Pujols. “What he did in this game is very impressive. But for me, those are all things that I'm going to see when I sit down and see the numbers. And I'm probably going to say, 'Wow, that's awesome.'”
Likewise, the portal lasmayores.com reported that Bienvenido Pujols, father of the Cardinals player, told his son that if he did something that Mays did, it means that he did something important. Today, the Dominican surpasses, and "Say Hey Kid" in home runs, MVP awards and World Series titles, in addition to matching him with a batting championship and in the aforementioned line; so José Alberto's father would be more than proud.
Power like fine wine
Likewise, he joined Carlton Fisk (2) and Barry Bonds (3) as the only players with a pair of multi-HR games aged 42 or older, in addition to the only players to string two games with a similar or better display of power to that age. Fisk did it in 1991 (29/08 and 3/10), Bonds (13/04 and 19/07) and now the Cardinals designated hitter in 2022 (22/05 and 14/08).
Albert Pujols; who had not hit two homers at Busch Stadium since June 4, 2011, also reached 21 seasons accumulating double digits in home runs, something that only experience and perseverance after so many years preparing to continue standing out in the best baseball in the world. In that number of seasons he tied Barry Bonds and Stan Musial for third all-time. (see next box)
|First Name||10+ HR seasons|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||20|
|Cal Ripken Jr.||20|
"This is what I expect of myself," said the Dominican. "I'm telling you, I feel like I can still play this game, and if I couldn't, I wouldn't be here. When you put in the work and you have the blessing of the Lord, you are going to be successful, and that is what I am feeling.”