Pujols cranks out two in Angels win, joins 500 club
Angels first baseman, and former Chiefs third baseman, Albert Pujols came into Tuesday’s game against the Nationals just two homers shy of the illustrious 500 club. Fans in the ballpark weren’t expecting the feat to be accomplished that night, as no player has had a multi-homerun game in order to reach 500; there is a first time for everything.
Pujols bombed a three-run shot off Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan in the first inning and then cranked out number 500 off Jordan again in the fifth inning, a two-run shot.
Pujols became the first player in MLB history to hit number 499 and 500 in the same game. He is also the 26th player to reach 500 homeruns. Pujols, who recently turned 34, is the third youngest player to reach 500, behind Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx who were both 32.
After two “down” years with the Angels, following 11 incredible seasons with the Cardinals, this is exactly the start the fans, and the ballclub, wanted to see from Pujols for the 2014 season. Pujols currently leads the MLB with eight homeruns and is tied for second in RBI with 19.
Pujols played 109 games with the Chiefs in his first season with the Cardinals organization back in 2000. He batted .324 with 17 homeruns and 84 RBI. Pujols’ season with the Chiefs was his longest stint with a minor league ball club before being moved up to the Cardinals in 2001.
Pujols enjoyed a fabulous career with the St. Louis Cardinals, which included two World Series rings, three NL MVP honors, one batting title, nine All-Star appearances, and 455 homeruns.
Here are highlights of Pujols’ milestone homeruns from the very first to the illustrious number 500: