Albert Pujols bat flip: Old school meets new school

St. Louis Cardinals DH Albert Pujols. (Scott Kane/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals DH Albert Pujols. (Scott Kane/Getty Images) /

Yes, even St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols knows the appropriate time for a grand bat flip, and he pulled it out against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Albert Pujols is 42 years old. Back when he was a rookie, any form of expression such as an ill-timed bat flip would’ve been greeted with a HBP in his next at-bat.

However, the times are changing for the better. Pujols still excels against left-handed pitching, and on Sunday hit an absolute bomb for his 681st career blast. He’s closing in on Alex Rodriguez on the all-time list, and No. 700 as well.

So, he decided to celebrate that fact with a casual bat flip. Nothing wrong with it!

Just enough for us to notice, but not enough for the opposing team to take issue. Pujols stayed in between the lines but was still able to celebrate in an appropriate matter. History is history.

How many home runs does Albert Pujols have?

Pujols has now hit 681 home runs, which puts him 19 short of 700 and 15 short of Alex Rodriguez. With any luck, he will catch both marks this season — not that he needs them to cement his all-but-certain Hall-of-Fame legacy.

Albert is destined for Cooperstown, but before he sees his plaque he’d rather add a few more attributes to it.

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