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Albert Pujols hits dwelling run No. 698 as MLB season winds down


Pujols is two dingers away from 700

Pujols is 2 dingers away from 700
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No, the lie I’m referring to will not be the one Max Kellerman spouted to win a faux debate on ESPN. I’m speaking concerning the one St. Louis supporters wholeheartedly consider: If Pujols doesn’t depart the shadow of the Arch, the second half of his profession performs out higher.

If he wasn’t toiling away in LA as an attraction akin to Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, he would’ve been a cornerstone in a lineup and possibly might’ve pushed introduced one or two extra titles to the Purple Birds. I do know I believed that throughout the 2013 World Collection, and I nonetheless type of maintain it towards him.

A lot to my shock, I’m enamored with the present Albert is placing on for the fan base that adores and instinctively defends him. It’s nearly validation that if he had caught round and accepted much less cash, his numbers won’t have fallen off as a lot, his significance to the sport wouldn’t have waned, and he would’ve reached better milestones, and gained extra championships.

That was by no means going to be the case, and I’m glad I didn’t have to look at his bat decelerate or the accidents pile up. The Angels didn’t save Playing cards fanatics from watching Pujols deteriorate as a lot as they preserved the MVP participant that St. Louis remembers him as.

Heading into this yr, I used to be as nervous as anybody on the prospect of watching a severely washed Pujols tarnish the model of him that was my favourite participant.

What he’s doing is surreal, and these aren’t ho-hum home runs that come when the game is out of reach. I know you just want to see the highlight, and it’s coming, but I’m going to set it up real quick. Down two to the Reds in the bottom of the sixth with one on and one out, Pujols squared up the first pitch he saw, and, well, you know what happened.

St. Louis went on to win, 6-5. Yup, that’s the Albert I know and love. 

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