On the Field with... Albert Pujols

By Matt Christopher

An individual who has ever had the privilege of staring at Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals understands the sound of a success. It's the sound his bat makes whilst it connects with the ball. It's a valid that's been heard numerous instances because his 2001 rookie season. That yr, he took the league via typhoon via posting probably the most awesome offensive stats of any rookie ever-and he's been doing a similar ever when you consider that, shattering files and assisting his group win video games, together with the 2006 international sequence, with take hold of hits and awesome domestic runs.

This biography deals an up-close examine this superstar's existence and the main memorable moments of his extraordinary occupation to date.

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

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He additionally led the league in RBIs, a truth which had helped his staff to their 34–19 checklist on the finish of might. Then whatever unforeseen occurred. whereas stretching excessive to capture a nasty ball close to first base in a online game, Albert pulled his correct indirect, a massive muscle in his aspect. The discomfort was once so critical that he stopped brief in mid-play. The prognosis used to be grim, for there has been no speedy therapy for any such undesirable muscle pressure. Pujols used to be anticipated to be sidelined for so long as six weeks. thankfully, he ended up in basic terms sitting at the bench for part that lengthy and the Cardinals controlled to carry onto their lead within the nationwide League important department with no him.

Albert used to be bitterly upset yet he didn’t hand over wish. The scouts had come taking a look as soon as — all he needed to do used to be get them to seem back. And once they did, he needed to knock their socks off. He received his probability within the fall of 1998. It used to be his senior 12 months in highschool and he was once twiddling with different highschool scholars from round Kansas urban in an All-Star online game. one of many spectators at that online game used to be Marty Kilgore, the baseball trainer of Maple Woods group university. Kilgore approached Albert after the sport with one target in brain: to recruit the powerhouse for his crew.

Within the Cardinals’ opener opposed to the Milwaukee Brewers, he hit an RBI double that tightened the rating from 7–4 to 7–6. yet he additionally made a high priced fielding mistakes that netted the Brewers runs — with out the Brewers even getting successful! weeks later, he did anything he infrequently ever did: in 4 at bats, he didn't get a unmarried hit. via months finish, he had 25 hits in 87 journeys to the plate for an ordinary of . 287. whilst Cardinal enthusiasts in comparison that stat to his usual of . 385 even as the former yr, they couldn’t support yet fear that Pujols used to be wasting his contact.

Pujols performed first base in sixty two video games, and left box for 113. Out of 370 innings performed at the start, he made only one mistakes; within the 904 innings within the box, he made basically 3. in comparison to his stats within the earlier years, these numbers confirmed a good development. “I’ve labored my butt off,” he admitted of his superior play. “I are looking to recuperate within the outfield, and I’m beautiful satisfied the place I stand immediately. This previous season, I received to balls within the outfield that during 2002 and the 12 months earlier than, I couldn’t get to.

Subsequent up have been the finals. The Redbirds have been taking part in the thrill from Salt Lake urban. by way of the 3rd video game, Memphis used to be up within the sequence 2–1. one other win could clinch their spot within the Triple-A international sequence. however the Buzz didn't fall simply. the 2 groups battled from side to side through the early innings; via the 9th, they have been locked at 3 runs apiece. That’s the best way the ranking stayed in the course of the 10th inning — and the 11th and 12th! Then, within the 13th inning, Albert Pujols got here as much as bat. increase!

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