Albert Pujols enjoys the perfect farewell tour

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St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is in the final season of his career.

His local fans know that after this year they won’t get to see him play the great game of baseball.

Although not nearly the player he was in his prime, Pujols is still highly respected by baseball fans in virtually every stadium.

For Busch Stadium fans, the recognition and respect for what he’s done to the franchise is, literally, endless.

“Albert Pujols receives a standing ovation from the Busch Stadium crowd as he heads for the plate as the hitter in a midweek random game. That’s pretty cool,” Newsday writer and analyst Tim Healey wrote on Twitter.

Pujols won two World Series wearing a Cardinals uniform, in 2006 and 2011.

He also won multiple MVP awards, Silver Sluggers, and broke numerous team records.

A diminished role on the pitch, but a legend nonetheless

The 42-year-old legend, who has a career line of .297/.375/.544 over an incredible 22 seasons on The Show, is now used primarily as a pinch hitter and occasional designated hitter by the Cardinals.

Most of his playing time is also played against left-handed pitchers, to keep him involved and productive.

In fact, he’s currently chipping away at a solid .269/.345/.538 line with two home runs in 29 plate appearances.

He is currently at 681 career home runs and would need 19 more to reach 700.

Only three men have hit so many dingers: Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth.

Can Pujols get there?

It doesn’t really matter: the people of St. Louis love him, and they show him that love every day.

He will be a first-round Hall of Famer in five years.

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