Albert Pujols Gives fans His 697th Homer
The slugger for the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 697th career home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park,
By surpassing Alex Rodriguez for the fourth-most hits in MLB history, he created history.
In the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-3 victory at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pujols smashed the 2-0 pitch for career homer No. 697.
Matt Brown, who had come to the game with his wife Samantha from Buffalo, caught Pujols's 697th homerthat had been hit 410 feet to the right-centerfield bleachers.
The pair went to the game in honor of Samantha's father, a Cardinals fan who passed away exactly one year prior to the day that they did.
They told the future Hall of Famer about Samantha's father when they met with Pujols after the game to return the historic baseball. They must keep the ball, he instructed.
Pujols told reporters, "I think it means more to that girl than me having it in my trophy case. She tragically lost her father, but perhaps she might still have that memories.
Pujols had a 1-for-4 performance with a strikeout, two RBIs, and a run scored. In his final season, he is now hitting.266 with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs.