Albert Pujols has done it. The St. Louis Cardinals’ star, Albert Pujols, hit his 700th and 699th career home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday night to become the fourth player to achieve the 700 home club in MLB history. The 42-year-old joins Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), and Barry Bonds (762) as the only players who have reached that milestone. ESPNPuljos is the only of the four that reached No. 699 and 700 in the same evening.
“It’s pretty special,” Pujols said. “When it’s really gonna hit me is when I’m done, at the end of the season, when I’m retired, and probably a moment or two after that I can look at the numbers. Look, don’t get me wrong, I know what my place is in this game. But since Day 1, when I made my debut, it was never about numbers, it was never about chasing numbers. It was always about winning championships and trying to get better in this game. And I had so many people that taught me the right way early in my career, and that’s how I’ve carried myself for 22 years that I’ve been in the big leagues. That’s why I really don’t focus on the numbers. I will, one day, but not right now.”
ALBERT PUJOLS HAS DONE THIS! 👑 👏
7️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ CAREER HOME RUNS FOR ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS
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Pujols is not afraid to make history. He scored career home runs 499 & 500 that night. His 600th home run in his career was a grand slam. He is now just 14 homers away from reaching Ruth on the all time list, but that’s unlikely to happen since there are only 10 games left on the schedule and Puljos declaring that he will be retiring at the end of the 2022 season.
The 700 HR Club now has its fourth member. pic.twitter.com/eGSPzuPHuA
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“What a special night,” Pujols said, per MLB.com. “To have my family in town and to do it at Dodger Stadium. I said it earlier, my joy, pretty much, of this game came back last year [while playing for the Dodgers] and being in the postseason. It’s pretty special with the Dodgers fans here, and I get both sides of this. [The Dodgers] get to enjoy this and I get to do it with a Cardinals uniform, which makes it even more special. I’m just thanking God.”
Pujols started his MLB career in 2001 with the Cardinals and remained with them until 2011. After playing for the Cardinals in 2001, Pujols was with the team until 2011. Pujols made his retirement announcement when he joined the Cardinals during the first season. Pujols, in addition to being a member the 700 home run club is also an 11-time All Star, three-time NL MVP, member the 3,000 hit club, and a two-time World Series champion.