Albert Pujols said when he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers that he felt like he still had plenty of gas left in the tank. And on Thursday night, he proved it.
Pujols hit his first home run in a Dodger uniform – and the 668th homer of his career – to stake LA to an early 2-0 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The three-time National League MVP joined the Dodgers on May 15 as a free agent after being designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels.
Batting with a runner on base in the bottom of the second inning, the 41-year-old Pujols launched an 0-1 sinker from the Diamondbacks’ Merrill Kelly 375 feet into the seats in right-center field.
Pujols is a 10-time All-Star who’s playing in his 21st MLB season.
His 668 home runs put him fifth on the all-time list. He also ranks third in baseball history – behind only Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth – in career runs batted in.