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Dodgers: Former L.A. Star Has Awesome Viral Moment with Young Fan

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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