Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina trade jerseys in emotional embrace
Albert Pujols’ memorable return to Busch Stadium in St. Louis came to a close in a fitting way on Sunday night.
Pujols’ Los Angeles Angels played a three-game series with the Cardinals, marking the former three-time league MVP’s first time playing in St. Louis since leaving the team in free agency. He got a tribute video and several ovations during the first game of the series on Friday night. On Saturday, he received an ovation after a homer.
Then on Sunday, to cap off the weekend and Angels’ 6-4 victory over the Cardinals, Pujols swapped jerseys with his former teammate, Yadier Molina. The love between them was evident as they made the trade:
Find someone who would give you the shirt right off his back. pic.twitter.com/Sw5yAhPIG3
— MLB (@MLB) June 24, 2019
Molina began as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2003, while Pujols was a rookie in 2001. They went to the playoffs five times together, reaching the World Series three times and winning it all twice. They have a lot of history together and clearly feel fondly about one another.