There couldnt have been many around baseball that predicted Albert Pujols would be getting big hits in the postseason for the Dodgers in 2021. When they scooped him up from the Angels this Summer, the idea was to fill out a very injured roster.
Instead, Pujols has grown into a fan-favorite and a clubhouse-favorite. Dodgers players often talk about his impact and what he brings to the team every single day. But on Thursday night, Albert brought out that postseason production that earned him a huge deal with Anaheim.
Pujols went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and earned a walk as well. He scored 2 of the Dodgers runs and was a big part of the reason they put up 11 runs. After the game, Albert took the chance to fondly reflect on his time in LA and being accepted.
This is a great place to play. It’s loud, it’s a special place. Every time I come here and put on this uniform, I wear it really proud. It’s been unbelievable to play for an organization that believes in me and knew I could help them. They wanted me to come and hit left-handers, and I’ve tried to do that and also tried to stay ready whenever they need me.
Dodgers postseason baseball is just different. When things are going well, the energy is up and the sound of 55,000-plus fans is unrivaled in all baseball. So it makes sense that Albert would feel alive in his first playoff taste since 2014.
Now closing in on age 42 and wrapping up his 21st big league season, who knows what Pujols will do after this year. But you can bet that he would probably love to be back giving hugs at the end of that dugout in 2022.