On the Field with... Albert Pujols

By Matt Christopher

An individual who has ever had the privilege of gazing Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals is aware the sound of successful. It's the sound his bat makes whilst it connects with the ball. It's a valid that's been heard numerous instances considering his 2001 rookie season. That yr, he took the league through typhoon by way of posting the most significant offensive stats of any rookie ever-and he's been doing an identical ever in view that, shattering documents and assisting his group win video games, together with the 2006 global sequence, with seize hits and remarkable domestic runs.

This biography bargains an up-close examine this superstar's lifestyles and the main memorable moments of his impressive profession to date.

Matt Christopher is the author younger readers flip to while they're trying to find fast moving, action-packed activities novels. he's the best-selling writer of a couple of hundred activities books for younger readers.

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And but, someway, the Cardinals misplaced the sport, 8–7. Pujols labored difficult to aid his teammates positioned such disappointments at the back of them and to stick concerned with the final word objective: a visit to the area sequence. With the sort of participant prime the cost, they drew toward that objective with each passing day. while the standard season ended, the Cardinals have been nonetheless in first position of their department, even supposing simply slightly. Their list of 83–78 was once their worst in years; their win–loss tally of 12 and 17 from September 1 to October 1 had many observers predicting that they might be bounced from the playoffs within the first around. not anyone looked as if it would have pointed out that to the Cardinals, although. They confronted the San Diego Padres for the department name. 4 video games and 3 wins later, they left the Padres within the airborne dirt and dust to maneuver directly to the NL Championships. right here, they traded wins and losses with the strong manhattan Mets to arrive a 3–3 tie and strength the sequence right into a ultimate, 7th online game. Albert had had a few solid moments within the duel to this point, together with a fifth-game domestic run that gave the Cardinals a win, yet this final online game, the dignity belonged to his teammate, Yadier Molina. With the sport tied at one apiece on the most sensible of the 9th, Molina clobbered a two-run homer. while the Mets couldn’t resolution with runs in their personal, the Cardinals have been on their strategy to the realm sequence for the second one time in 3 years! Their competitors for the area Championship name have been the Detroit Tigers, a workforce that had wallowed in or close to the cellar for numerous years prior to turning issues round in 2006. They surprised each person via besting the recent York Yankees to take the department identify, after which sweeping the Oakland Athletics to increase to their first global sequence in 22 years. The Tigers had performed 8 video games on their strategy to the area sequence, the final on October 14. that they had an entire week to recuperate ahead of the beginning of the championships on Saturday, October 21. The Cardinals, nevertheless, had performed 11 video games, together with the final one on October 19, simply days ahead of the 1st fit of the sequence. Many puzzled how St. Louis may fare opposed to the even more rested Detroit crew. they discovered out quickly adequate. The Tigers drew first blood whilst the Cardinals’ rookie pitcher, Anthony Reyes, gave up a double, a stroll, after which a unmarried for a run. yet St. Louis stormed again, with a house run by way of Scott Rolen within the best of the second one through 3 extra runs within the 3rd. there have been outs while Molina scored the 1st of these 3 on an RBI double that left Chris Duncan on moment — and observed Albert Pujols striding to the plate. It used to be then that the Tigers made a gigantic mistake. whilst there are outs, a runner on moment, and a strong hitter arising to bat, the easiest factor to do is stroll that batter. in its place, Detroit determined to pitch to Pujols. Pujols took complete good thing about their blunders in judgment. whilst the 93-mile-an-hour fastball reached him, he didn’t simply hit it — he despatched it crusing a ways over the right-field fence for a two-run homer! The Tigers pitched extra rigorously to Pujols after that.

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