Even if St. Louis Cardinals star slugger Albert Pujols didn’t hit another home run in his career, he’d still go down as one of the greatest home run hitters in Major League Baseball history. But Pujols isn’t done chasing history just yet, adding another home run to his impressive tally and bringing him one step closer to history.
On Sunday night, Pujols smacked a deep line drive into left field for a home run. The two-run homer gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, proving to be the eventual game-winning RBI. However, it was also the 695th homer of Pujols’ MLB career – bringing him within one home run of Alex Rodriguez’s career total.
Albert Pujols keeps inching closer to history. pic.twitter.com/rk159I0O6h
— MLB (@MLB) September 4, 2022
Not only was it a massive and monumental home run, but it also came in a big moment. And the MLB world had plenty to say about it.
I love that old dudes can still deliver. They have experience, poise and a shit ton of tenacity. This guy is having the time of his life. What a way to go out. It’s like an actor, already knowing they’re gonna get a lifetime achievement award, still giving it their all. https://t.co/L8Wga9iUw6
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) September 5, 2022
I just want him to surpass A-Rod. https://t.co/ns6HSGv45g
— Chance Glasco (@ChanceGlasco) September 4, 2022
Love this guy. https://t.co/Vmp4XLfp8p
— Sam Bagenstos (@sbagen) September 4, 2022
The Machine is going to get this isnt he?!?!?! https://t.co/QGfweEWHCC
— JOHN JOHNSON II (@TheJJohnsonTV) September 4, 2022
Any competitive team walks Albert in that situation https://t.co/d5OhdTfRJB
— Jake (@Procis1on) September 4, 2022
Goose bumps https://t.co/rPKrPRuGuW
— Brad Clontz (@braves52) September 4, 2022
I'm not saying this pitch was grooved to him intentionally, because I am sure it wasn't. But man does this look some BP for Albert. Its like a HR derby cut. https://t.co/ZrcztcMibl
— Ryan Finkelstein (@FinkelsteinRyan) September 4, 2022
With his 695th home run, Pujols trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696) on the all-time home run list. He’ll need just one more homer to tie Rodriguez and five more to become just the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit 700 home runs in his career.
Pujols still has 28 games to reach either milestone. If he’s going to reach 700 home runs, he’ll need to hit a homer about once every five games.