Dodgers News: Max Muncy Sees ‘A Lot Of’ Albert Pujols in Freddie Freeman
As Albert Pujols marches his way up the all-time home runs list, Max Muncy and the Dodgers will get one final chance to appreciate his greatness live starting this Friday. It’s no doubt Pujols will go down as one of the games greatest players ever, but perhaps what makes him an even greater name for baseball is the kind of person Pujols is.
"As great as my career has been, my passion is what I do when the season is over and that is to serve and to give back. That is how I want to be remembered."
The winner of this year's Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award is Albert Pujols ??? pic.twitter.com/j1yfXA8IWw
— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 21, 2022
At the ESPYS, Pujols was awarded with the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award for what he has done for his community in the Dominican Republic. Pujols is a great man and deserves all the recognition he has gotten this season, but Muncy sees a lot of the same resemblance of being a great player and man in Freddie Freeman (quotes via SportsNet LA).
“It’s just be a good guy. The way he went about things and the way he interacted with people and fans, with coaches and other teams… I see a lot of that in Freddie (Freeman)… and it’s just a special characteristic they have. And, to me, I think that’ll be the most lasting impact. Enjoy your time out here. Enjoy the game. You only get to play for so long — not all of us are gonna get to play it for 40 years like Albert has… it’ll be really special to see him again for sure.”
"No one wants to give up a home run, and no one wants a home run hit on their team, but we are all kind of hoping it does happen here at #Dodgers stadium. That'd be pretty special." – @maxmuncy9 on "Tio Albert" @PujolsFive chasing 700 HR milestone. pic.twitter.com/201xdK35ld
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 20, 2022
Strong praise given to the former NL MVP, but deservingly so. Freeman is a great mentor on the field and a great role model off the field for his care to give back to the young community, like when he visited Garfield High School to read stories to kids, but his work still isn’t done.
If Freeman can come close to what Pujols has done for the MLB community, Freeman will surely go down in the books as one of the most influential players to ever put on a Dodgers uniform.
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