September 12, 2022

Albert Pujols Hits 697th Homerun, Twitter Goes Nuts

Albert Pujols still plans to retire at the end of the season, despite his record-breaking August.
Albert Pujols still plans to retire at the end of the season, despite his record-breaking August.
In the top of the ninth inning, with the Cardinals trailing 2-1, Albert Pujols smacked his 697th homerun into the Pittsburgh Pirates bleachers last night.

It gave the Cardinals the 3-2 lead and the win — just his latest clutch bomb in his final season for the playoff-hungry team. Four of his last five home runs have given the Cardinals the lead or tied the game.

It also boosted him to 4th place on the all-time home run list, passing Alex Rodriguez and inching him closer to the landmark number 700 home runs.

“Absolutely legendary,” manager Oliver Marmol said after the game. “I’m not quite sure what we’re witnessing right now.”

TV cameras and fans captured the homerun from various angles. Even in a Pirates stadium half empty, you can hear the pop off the bat and the roar from the rival fans.

And Twitter, of course, had its share of commentary. Following the homerun, Cardinals fans, Pirates fans, baseball and regular old sports fan reveled in the 42-year-olds' newest accomplishment.

And some Twitter users are wondering where Pujols might reside on the home run list had he never left St. Louis. We'll never know, but after all of the magic during his final season, one can't help but dream.
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