First baseman Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels joined the few who have hit 500 home runs in their careers, during a win over the Washington Nationals, making him the third-youngest player to accomplish the feat in the history of Major League Baseball
Tuesday night was all about Albert Pujols in the nation’s capital.
The first baseman joined the likes of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron when in the top of the 5th inning he buried a 430-ft. homerun in left centerfield, the 50oth of his career.
“To have more than 19,000 players who wore a big league uniform and to have only 26 players to do this, it’s pretty special,” Pujols told ESPN. “I was pretty emotional running the bases.”
The home run was Pujols’s second of the night, having already driven a homer into deep left field during the first inning of play. The Angels finished off the Washington Nationals with a dominant 7-2 win.
Thank you to all of my fans for the well wishes on my HR#500. I thank The Lord for you, & your support over the years. May God bless you all
— Albert Pujols (@PujolsFive) April 23, 2014