Pujols reaches 1,000 extra-base hits …
Last year, he went the entire first month without hitting his first home run. Late last night, after going 4-for-4 in the Angels’ 11-5 loss to the A’s, he had a .346/.514/.692 slash line. And with a ground-rule double in the fifth, he became the 35th player in history to reach 1,000 career extra-base hits.
“I didn’t even know anything about it — I can swear on that, bro,” Pujols said. “When I got to the dugout, everybody was like, ‘Congratulations.’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ The bat boy was the first one to say, ‘I got your ball.’ I’m like, ‘For what?’ He told me a thousand doubles. I’m like, ‘A thousand doubles? That’s a lot.’”
Actually, Pujols has 508 career doubles, two away from passing Rickey Henderson for 50th on the all-time list in that department. It was only Pujols’ second four-hit game in an Angels uniform (39th of his career) and the first of a few milestones he’s slated to hit in 2013. The 33-year-old is 23 homers away from becoming the 26th player to reach 500 and 61 away from being the 52nd member of the 1,500-RBI club.
In case you’re wondering, the all-time leader in extra-base hits is Hank Aaron, with 1,477.
“It’s pretty special any time you can accomplish something like that in this game,” Pujols said of reaching 1,000. “But I think you guys learned already, my goal is not to play for numbers. … I’m pretty sure if I’m alive 10, 12 years [from now], when I’m done playing this game, I’m probably going to look back and I’m going to have plenty of time to look at all the stuff. I just don’t like to get caught up in numbers because it’s a distraction that you don’t need.”