Angels teammates say Albert Pujols called his 499th, 500th home runs
If his Los Angeles Angels teammates are to be believed — and frankly, why shouldn’t they? — Albert Pujols called his 499th and 500th home runs hours before the team took the field to take on the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Both Erick Aybar and Mike Trout claim Pujols, who currently leads the league in homers with eight, told the team that he was going to belt out a couple of round-trippers during the game.
“He said he was going to hit two homers and drive in five runs,” Aybar insisted.
“If Albert tells you something, he’s going to do it,” added Mike Trout.
Pujols apparently was so sure that he was going to become the 26th member of the MLB’s 500 Home Run Club that he called his wife and told her to bump up her travel plans by a few days and join him in D.C. instead of New York, where the Angels play a three-game series against the Yankees starting on Friday.
Sadly, Pujols’ wife was unable to make it in time. Actually, she was getting her nails done the moment Pujols belted out No. 500. Women, right?
Despite his wife’s absence, Pujols nevertheless recognized the significance of his accomplishment.
“It’s pretty special,” Pujols said, according to the Orange County Register. “There are 18,000 players to wear a big league uniform. To have only 26 do this, it’s pretty special.”
Pujols became the third-youngest player ever to reach the milestone at 34 years, 96 days, ranking only behind Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Foxx.
Pujols, being the pious man that he is, thanked God for his career and accomplishments.
“You don’t see a 500th homer every night,” Pujols said. “It’s been a great career. I thank the Lord for giving me the power and strength to play this game. The last couple years have been really tough, but I feel I’m getting my swing right where I want to be.”