Home run balls make great souvenirs especially historic ones. Albert Pujols hit career home run number 697 on Sunday and the fans who caught it tried to give the ball to him. The reason he gave it back is heartwarming and the real reason why Albert Pujols is a hero.
Albert Pujols now stands alone in 4th on the all-time Major League Baseball home run list thanks to a 9th inning home run versus the Pittsburgh Pirates today. Thanks to a new video share by the Cardinals, you can watch it happen.
Baseball is all about numbers. Historians and fans pour over them with an obsession that is greater than virtually any other sport. One who is not included in that number is St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols. Despite the fact that he's approaching 700 career home runs, he still plans to retire no matter where he ends up.
It was the night of April 23, 1999. The St. Louis Cardinals were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers. History would be made in just 1 inning that night when Fernando Tatis did what no player had ever done before: Hit 2 grand slams in just 1 inning.