Albert Pujols asked for baseball after ending hitless streak (Video)
Albert Pujols is a surefire Hall of Famer when his playing days are over, having piled up numerous accolades and accomplishments along the way. However, on Saturday, he requested a baseball as a memento for a dubious distinction.
Heading into the fourth inning the Angels’ game against the Twins, Pujols had gone hitless in 25 consecutive at-bats, the longest such streak of his career. The drought came to an end when Pujols hit a ground ball to center field for a base hit.
After reaching first base, Pujols indicated to pitcher Mike Pelfrey he would like to have the baseball. It’s not uncommon to see this for a player’s first hit or other milestone. However, in this instance, Pelfrey was caught off guard and wasn’t sure if Pujols was being serious or not. Pujols and Mauer shared a laugh at first base. Pelfrey couldn’t help but smile himself before tossing the ball to the Angels dugout.
Unfortunately, Pujols was unable to extend his hitting streak to two games as he went 0-4 at the plate on Sunday. For the season, the 35-year-old is hitting .238 with 35 home runs and 85 RBI.
H/T Eye On Baseball