Albert Pujols wasn’t a Dodger for very long, just 84 games between the regular season and the postseason last year. But he left his mark on Dodgers fans with his smile, his presence, and his play on the field.
Now he’s back in St. Louis, where his career began, and he’s having his best season in a decade as he prepares to ride off into the sunset of retirement.
On Wednesday night, a young Cardinals fan made the trip to Wrigley Field to watch his favorite team take on the Cubs. The boy wore a Yadier Molina t-shirt and had a simple sign that read: “Albert can we trade jerseys? Go Cardinals!!!!”
Watch as Pujols sees and reacts to the sign:
This is a perfect baseball moment. The shock on the kid’s face when he realizes Albert is going to give him his jersey. The brief moment of hesitation where the boy wonders if he really needs to take off his shirt to make the trade. And the look of elation and shock once the jersey is in his hands, where you expect a voiceover narration to say, “You’re probably wondering how I got here.” All with the backdrop of “Go, Cubs, Go” playing over the speakers, reminding you they’re at a baseball game that Pujols and his teammates just lost.
We suspect this young baseball fan won’t remember his favorite team’s 7-1 loss to the lowly Cubs, though. This is a moment he’ll remember forever, and thanks to the internet, so will we!
(And bonus points to Giants third baseman Evan Longoria, who jumped into the Instagram comments to ask Albert for a jersey of his own.)
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