The 42-year-old reached the mark with a pinch-hit two-run blast within the backside of the eighth inning to safe the win and in addition prolonged his all-time file of homering off 451 pitchers.
“As I was in the cage, [the commentator] said something [on the radio broadcast] like, ‘It’d be amazing if Albert comes up and hits his last home run against the Cubs.’ It happened,” Pujols mentioned after the sport.
“That’s why I was smiling when I hit first base all the way until the home play because that was the last thing playing in my mind. I just couldn’t believe it happened.”
As he plans to retire on the finish of the season, it was seemingly Pujols’ final recreation in opposition to the Cubs — a crew he has traditionally dominated, hitting 59 house runs, 99 extra-base hits and getting 149 RBIs in 199 profession video games in opposition to them.
The three-time league MVP has been in resurgent kind because the All-Star break in August, hitting .373 with 10 homers in 83 at bats.
“There are times when you take a step back from being locked into the game and you get to be a fan for a minute and experience it the way everybody else does, and that was one of them,” Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol mentioned, in keeping with MLB.com. “You take a moment and take it all in because what he’s doing is absolutely incredible.”
The Cardinals too have come out of the All-Star break swinging and are 29-11, with a commanding lead on the high of the NL Central over the second-place Milwaukee Brewers.
Pujols returned to the Cardinals this season, the franchise the place he started his historic profession and the place he’ll finish it later this 12 months.
“I’m still going to retire, no matter whether I end up hitting 693, 696, 700, whatever,” Pujols instructed USA Immediately final month. “I don’t get caught up in numbers. If you were going to tell me 22 years ago that I would be this close, I would have told you that you’re freakin’ crazy. My career has been amazing.
“I’ve had sufficient. I am glad I made the announcement this was it after I signed. Actually, I would not change a factor.”
The Cardinals subsequent take to the sphere on Monday to play the Washington Nationals.