Albert Pujols was in prime form on Wednesday. Aug 10, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (5) watches his ball on a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

As Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals took on the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the future Hall of Famer showed that while he’s nowhere near the player that he once was on a night-in, night-out basis, he can still turn back the clock.

Pujols did just that Wednesday.

Playing in the same stadium where he debuted as a Major Leaguer more than 21 years ago, Pujols launched the 687th home run of his storied career.

But it wasn’t just about one at-bat. Pujols was only a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He went 4-for-5 on the day and helped the Cardinals win 9-5.

And on the same night that a rookie in his MLB debut did something that nobody as young as him had ever done before, Pujols went the other way.

At 42, Pujols became the oldest player in nearly 90 years to record four hits with a home run in the same game.

The MLB world paid tribute to the throwback performance from Pujols.

Pujols is already fifth on the all-time MLB home run list and is now only nine short of tying Alex Rodriguez and 13 short of No. 700.

Anyone getting to see Pujols play this season should consider themselves lucky. These are the final games of a surefire Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players in MLB history.

But the fans at Coors Field on Wednesday got an even bigger treat. He doesn’t have many games left to play and certainly won’t have many more like this one.

[St. Louis Cardinals, SportsCenter]

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