The 38-year-old Pujols also joins Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez as the only players in baseball history with 3,000 hits and 600 homers. From there, Pujols went on to finish the season with a.329/.403/.610 slash line with 130 RBI and 37 home runs.
"Obviously, I wanted to do it here", Pujols said.
One of the most impressive aspects of Pujols' career is that he has never struck out 100 times in a season. His 308 intentional walks are the second most all-time and while he is just the second player all-time to get 300 free passes, he will certainly not catch up to the leader, Barry Bonds, who was walked intentionally an insane 688 times. With Rookie Shohei Ohtani dominating numerous headlines surrounding the team and Superstar Mike Trout having an excellent start to the season, people are forgetting one of the big storylines in Anaheim.
His first world series win in 2006 was momentous itself, but the 2011 championship run makes his second even more special. "I nearly took him deep", Pujols said.
Pujols would hit his first home run three games later, off Armando Reynoso of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he was on his way. Yuli Gurriel had four hits and drove in three runs for Houston. "Reggie said, 'If you do I'm going to kick you in the rear.' He said, 'Rod, you're going to do something that will mean too much to you and others, ' so I chose to stay on". I just had pinch-hitting opportunities. But since joining the Angels in 2012, the Dominican slugger has hit just.268 with a.776 OPS over six-plus seasons - though his 928 hits and 175 homers are nothing to snuff at.
It wasn't the hardest hit ball during Pujols' incredible career. "They're like, 'I don't care about it.' I do".
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"I was real frustrated with the game and I was thinking of giving it up", Carew said. With three years and $87 million left on his contract after this season, who knows how much bigger his numbers will get?
Turning 28 on May 6, Altuve has led the American League in hits four straight years averaging around 211 per season.
Trout and Pujols homered in the same first inning for the eighth time, setting a major league record for teammates. His accomplishment also means a player has made his way into the exclusive fraternity four years in a row.
It was a wonderful moment in what has already been a storybook career for Pujols.
He has been an unbelievable hitter though since debuting right before his 20th birthday and still could have a decade-plus of superb play where his career hit total could easily approach the 3,000 mark towards the end of his career.
That extra $50,000 by the Cardinals was worth the investment.