Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slugger Albert Pujols entered Saturday night’s game with 599 career home runs. That changed in the bottom of the fourth inning with one swing.
Albert Pujols will go down in baseball history as one of the greatest hitters of any generation and what he did on Saturday night validates that very thought.
The two-time World Series Champion came into Saturday night’s game with the Minnesota Twins sitting on 599 career home runs in his soon-to-be Hall of Fame career.
He was already heading there before Saturday, but after a grand slam in the fourth inning to give the Angels a 7-1 lead for his 600th career home run, there’s certainly zero doubt that Pujols will be heading for Cooperstown someday soon.
You can watch the record-making long ball below.
The only way Pujols could’ve made his record home run even better was if this was a walk-off bomb, but a grand slam to blow a game wide open for your club that’s missing its best player for a couple months sure helps matters a bit.
What made Pujols’ long shot even more meaningful was seeing every player on the Angels bench come out and congratulate him on his 600th career home run. Pujols is one of this generation’s good guys and for him to reach a milestone that only eight previous players have reached in their careers is something special.
There’s no telling how much Pujols has left in the tank, but one of the questions that could certainly come about is: can The Machine become the fourth player to join the 700 home run club next? There’s plenty of doubts about him actually being able to do that, but for now, 600 home runs is plenty to be proud of for the three-time National League MVP and future Hall of Famer.