Albert Pujols didn’t get very many opportunities to make a playoff push with the Angels. Despite spending almost 10 full seasons in Anaheim, the future Hall of Famer got just 1 opportunity in the postseason. That changed the second that he joined the Dodgers.
Tio Albert came up with another huge hit for the Dodgers in the 10th inning on Tuesday. With an offense that had gone cold in the game, Dave Roberts called on Albert to get the big hit in extra-innings. He delivered with an RBI single that proved to be the difference-maker in the win.
Generally speaking, Albert just looks like he’s having more fun. When asked after the Dodgers win about the pennant race and Albert’s role, even Doc thought he was savoring the opportunity to make a run for the first time in a very long time.
He is (enjoying it). I think there might have been a beer shower after the game for Albert which shows how much guys just respect and adore him.
Pujols made it to the postseason 7 different times and won a World Series. The Dodgers scooped him up in the midst of a whole lot of injuries, and no one could have predicted what he would bring to the team. The clubhouse presence is huge, and that was always the main part of bringing him on.
But Pujols just drove in his 38th run with the Dodgers, and he continues to mash when it’s needed. And maybe, just maybe, the fierce competition that Los Angeles brings on a daily basis is just what he needed to spark his bat.
It’s been a whole lot of fun to watch.