We have to speak about Albert Pujols and the legacy he’s forsaking.
On Monday, a 42-year-old Albert Pujols participated within the Residence Run derby as an all-star weekend swan track. Earlier this 12 months, Pujols returned to the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year deal for his ultimate season, and whereas many individuals thought Pujols’ inclusion within the derby was a gimmick, he really superior to the second spherical.
In case Pujols time with the star-studded however lowly Angels group made you overlook, this is without doubt one of the greatest baseball gamers we’ve ever seen.
Albert Pujols is a three-time MVP, two-time World Collection champion, two-time golden glove winner, 11-time all-star, is fifth all-time in house runs, tenth all-time in hits, and third all-time in runs batted in.
Whereas I’m not like some stuffy baseball gatekeepers who flip their again on the gamers of the steroid period, it’s undoubtedly value noting that Pujols completed all this within the period of strict PED testing.
What I wish to speak about most although is the truth that Pujols has set the stage for Dominican born baseball gamers to do precisely what he did- stand on the shoulders of giants and in the end surpass them. Albert Pujols began his first all star sport alongside Dominican legends like Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa and Vladimir Guerrero.
On Monday, it was a pair of younger Dominican superstars in Juan Soto and Julio Rodríguez that grabbed the torch from Pujols and confirmed that the longer term of baseball is vibrant. Soto, at simply 23 years outdated, is within the strategy of fascinating the nation with each his play on the sphere, and a stratospheric contract negotiation with the Washington Nationals that noticed him flip down a $440 million contract.
Pujols made positive to let anybody that was listening know that he believes Juan Soto is a future Corridor of Famer. Soto’s response? “He’s gonna make me cry.”
Julio Rodríguez, who completed second within the house run derby, however hit over 80 house runs within the contest, was awarded $50,000 extra for ending as runner up ($750,000) than he’ll make on the complete season ($700,000).
The 21-year outdated Rodríguez stated of Pujols, “He’s a legend. It’s superb that I’m right here sharing the stage with him.”
Properly Julio, the stage is now yours. And the subsequent technology of baseball followers, and youngsters within the Dominican Republic, are watching. Time for you and Juan Soto to do what Albert did for you.