On the Field with... Albert Pujols
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Anyone who has ever had the privilege of watching Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals knows the sound of a hit. It's the sound his bat makes when it connects with the ball. It's a sound that's been heard countless times since his 2001 rookie season. That year, he took the league by storm by posting some of the most fantastic offensive stats of any rookie ever-and he's been doing the same ever since, shattering records and helping his team win games, including the 2006 World Series, with clutch hits and amazing home runs.
This biography offers an up-close look at this superstar's life and the most memorable moments of his outstanding career to date.
Matt Christopher is the writer young readers turn to when they're looking for fast-paced, action-packed sports novels. He is the best-selling author of more than one hundred sports books for young readers.
the following afternoon to make his three-game total nine hits for nine at bats. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. That double was the last of his streak. And that one run was far shy of the eight the Orioles chalked up that day, ending St. Louis’s five-game winning streak. Although Pujols didn’t have as many hits in a row as he had had in early June, he did have plenty in the following weeks. On August 16, he reached a milestone by getting a hit in his thirtieth
The score stayed tied through the ninth and into the tenth. It was tied throughout the eleventh, too, forcing the exhausted teams to play a twelfth inning. Houston didn’t score their turn at bat. St. Louis came up, hoping to finally end the match. To do so, they needed just one run. They got two. The Astros’ pitcher walked the first batter, Albert Pujols. Then he got the second to foul out. He got a strike on the third, Jim Edmonds, but then Edmonds connected with the next pitch for a two-run
all the other boys there, he had high hopes for his chances of taking the first real step toward reaching his dream. But to his great disappointment, he didn’t impress either scout enough for them to offer him a minor-league deal. It would have been a huge turning point in his life if he had been able to prove that he had the skills they wanted. As it happened, however, his life was about to take a turn in a completely different direction. CHAPTER TWO 1996–1999 Adjusting to
But did he have enough experience to make the jump from A + ball to Triple-A? Added to that would be the fact that he would be playing Young’s position in left field. He had only recently made the switch from shortstop to third base — would be he able to handle yet another switch? To find out, the team added him to their roster for the final few games of their regular season. After seeing him play, they felt confident that he could do the job. This was Pujols’s big chance, and he didn’t let it
were locked at three runs apiece. That’s the way the score stayed through the tenth inning — and the eleventh and twelfth! Then, in the thirteenth inning, Albert Pujols came up to bat. Boom! With a mighty swing, Pujols sent the ball soaring for a home run! With that blast, the Redbirds took the pennant and headed to the World Series. Unfortunately, the team wasn’t as successful when they took to the field against the Indianapolis Indians in Las Vegas. The Indians took the championship in four