St. Louis Cardinals veteran Albert Pujols is closing his regular-season career in the next few games, and he’s having a storybook ending.
St. Louis Cardinals veteran Albert Pujols is closing his regular-season career in the next few games, and he’s having a storybook ending at Busch Stadium. He’s one of the most beloved players in the league, so watching him close out his lengthy career in such a perfect way is heartwarming.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today summed up the end of his career perfectly through a Tweet that stated, “Storybook regular-season finale at Busch Stadium for Albert Pujols: He hits his 702nd home run, after a two-run double in the 1st inning, and ties Babe Ruth for 2nd on the all-time RBI list. He is 12 shy of Ruth on the home-run list.”
Pujols has had a 22-season career, and though he’s out of his prime, he’s remained one of the most enjoyable players to watch. He’s dedicated and went back to his roots, the Cardinals, just to retire with them. It’s bittersweet to see him having one of the best endings to his career.
The finality of his career is seeming to push him to have one of the best seasons he’s had in the second-half of his career.
St. Louis Cardinals veteran Albert Pujols is having one of his best later-career seasons
This season, he’s slashed .268/.344/.543 for an OPS of .887. That’s much better than most at his age, and it’s the best he’s hit since 2011.
He had an emotional farewell at Busch Stadium alongside Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright to close out their final home game, and the fan reactions in the crowd show just how much he was loved.
He has won the most awards in MLB history (66 total) and is already guaranteed a spot in the Hall of Fame. Pujols career may be coming to an end, but his legacy will continue to live on.