For the first time since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, Albert Pujols is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Not only that, but he’s back in the Redbirds’ roster for their spring training game today against the Washington Nationals.
Pujols will take on designated hitter and batting duties for the St. Louis cleanup, as he and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt provide protection for Tyler O’Neill on both sides.
Pujols recently signed a contract to return to the Cardinals after 10 seasons away from the organization.
The contract is a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.
Pujols also said 2022 would be his last season.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 30, 2022
Like the good old times
Everything seems to be in order again now that Pujols is back with the Cardinals.
He never ceased to be a fan favorite in St. Louis, even during his time with the Los Angeles Angels.
Now fans are getting their wish to see him suit up for the Cardinals for one last round with Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright.
Pujols, 42, was released by the Angels last season after hitting an abysmal .198 in the first month of the season, but the Los Angeles Dodgers found him the perfect role and took a chance on future Temple of fame.
Pujols hit .254 for the Dodgers with 12 homers and 38 RBI and also posted a .953 OPS against the left-handed pitcher, which is when he’ll likely see most of his chances in 2022 as a member of the Cardinals.
Pujols now begins his quest to end his career with a third World Series championship.
He was a key factor in the Cards title races in 2006 and 2011.
Now he is adjusting to his old club one last time with a chance to find the magic again with the other two remaining members of each Championship team.