Astros catcher gets World Series gift from Albert Pujols
Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado might have some good luck on his side when the World Series opens Friday.
Maldonado received a shipment of a half-dozen bats from former teammate Albert Pujols, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Maldonado reached out to Pujols before the series to request some bats, as the catcher feels Pujols’ status in the game gets him better equipment.
Martin Maldonado reached out to Albert Pujols before the start of the World Series and asked Pujols to send him some bats — and today, a half-dozen arrived from the future HOFer. Maldonado believes the Pujols always got some of the best quality of bats because of his stature.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 28, 2022
Maldonado and Pujols were teammates together on the Los Angeles Angels in 2017 and 2018. The catcher is very much not known for his hitting, as evidenced by his .209 career average, so maybe Pujols’ gear will bring him good luck.
As for Pujols, he probably didn’t mind parting with the bats. After all, he’s given up something far more valuable than those.