Bittersweet: Cardinals Nation reacts after Pujols jacks No. 500
Cardinals fans still have feelings for Albert Pujols. The kinds of feelings, however, remain very much mixed.
Albert Pujols acknowledges the Washington DC crowd after hitting his 500th career home run.
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St. Louis Cardinals fans still have feelings for Albert Pujols. The kinds of feelings, however, remain very much mixed.
Pujols cracked his 500th career home run Tuesday night in Washington — it was his second blast of the evening. Of those 500, 445 came while wearing the Birds on a Bat, a number that would place him 38th on MLB's all-time homers list alone.
On the Cardinals' franchise leaderboards, Pujols ranks second to Stan Musial in homers (475-445), RBI (1,951-1,329), doubles (725-455) and walks (1,599-975), and is second to Mark McGwire in slugging percentage (.683-.617).
Pujols is first in intentional walks (251) and sacrifice flies (68), third in runs (1,291) and fourth in hits (2,073) — Musial (3,630), Lou Brock (2,713) and Rogers Hornsby (2,110) are the top three.
After Albert became the 26th player to reach the 500-homer milestone, many Cardinals fans expressed their congratulations on Twitter. Others? Well, let's just say No. 5's departure to Anaheim still stings.
Take a look at how Cardinals supporters/haters reacted following the Pujols long ball.
The St. Louis Cardinals congratulate Albert on reaching #500!