History has been made. Albert Pujols has hit career home run #700. A feat only three other players in the 120+ year history of Major League Baseball has accomplished.
After hitting his 699th career homer in the 3rd inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, Pujols hit a three-run blast in his next at-bat in the 4th inning to achieve baseball immortality.
Dodger Stadium erupted in cheers as Pujols rounded the bases, and his Cardinals teammates came to greet him outside the dugout as he crossed home plate. Pujols saluted the crowd and Dodgers players showed their respect to the 42-year-old legend.
Before the game, after a tribute video for Pujols was played on the two scoreboards in the outfield at Dodger Stadium, fans gave Pujols a standing ovation. Given a chance to address the crowd before the game began, Pujols said: “Well, I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you Dodgers fans.’’ Pujols credits the organization for rejuvenating himself after turbulent times with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Pujols joins Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in the 700-HR club, just 12 days after passing Alex Rodriguez (696) for fourth-place on the all-time home run list.
It’s no doubt that Pujols will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And, in the final season of his incredible career, Pujols is having one of the greatest farewell tours of all-time.
And it’s not over yet.