Thursday, December 3, 2009

A couple of my Albert Pujols graded RC's & 2009 highlights

Albert Pujols is the best hitter in the game right now.  On May 21, he hit a memorable upper-deck HR off the "Big Mac Land" sign in left field, causing the 'I" in "Big" to be knocked out.

Pujols was the leading vote-getter for the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, receiving 5,397,374 All-Star votes, the highest number of votes in NL history.  For the All-Star Game, which took place at his home ballpark of Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Pujols participated in the Home Run Derby and caught President Barack Obama's ceremonial first pitch before the All-Star Game.

The 2009 season marked the ninth consecutive season since the start of his career that he has reached 100 or more RBI and 30 or more doubles, and the fifth time he has hit 40+ home runs and won his first home run title. In 2009 Pujols also played his 1,000th game at first base.

Pujols tied a club record with his 10th multi-home run game of the year, the 33rd time in his career in a 5-1 victory, Sept. 9, raising his league-leading slugging percentage to his highest ever (.698) at so late in a season.

On Sept. 20, he hit his 40th double of the season, making him the second player in major league history to hit 40 doubles and 40 home runs in three separate seasons (2003, 2004, 2009), joining Lou Gehrig.

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