Pujols reaches 1,000 extra-base hits …

Albert PujolsAt least one thing is different about the Angels this April: Albert Pujols.

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.”

Alden

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I sat a few rows behind the boy who got the ball. He was wearing a pujols jersey too. The ball bounced up after ricocheting off a fans glove and landed in the boys hands. Security came down and asked for it. After the inning they left, probably to give the ball away to the angels but I hope he got something good in return for it.

Pujols may have had a difficult year last year in his transition to the AL, but let’s be absolutely clear, Albert Pujols is one of the All Time greats, and at 33 years old, he has many more great seasons in him.

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Albert looks locked in at the plate. I saw it since the start of the season. We just need to close the holes in the line up and we will be alright

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Congrats to him! He’s even accomplishing MORE than most steroid users! Hopefully he’ll beat A-rod’s record for youngest to reach 600 HRs (did it when he was 35) next!
Being a Phillies fan, I finally found an AL team to root for as well when the Angels signed Pujols, and I stayed for Trout and Trumbo.
The Angels are actually looking great this year except for the fact they can’t knock runs in. But at least they’re getting guys on base! Hopefully Hamilton is on his way out of that slump!

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Ryan Howard at 5 yr $125MM&M “The fastest plaeyr with the greatest range of any infielder or outfielder” May be making the team!Valdez “Cannon Arm, no range, no speed” Traded to the Reds.

An intelligent point of view, well expressed! Thanks!

Help, I’ve been informed and I can’t become ignorant.

I was raised a long suffering Redsox fan.Every year the Redsox nation’s unbounded expectations would wilt through the summer and fall- Every year we could field the most awsome batting line-up- far superior to that of the DamnYankees.Now-Fast forward to 2013- the Angels and the media talk about batting/ with men on base- The king has no cloths-and the Angels have no pitching-they lost their opportunity last winter.

I flew in from Houston to see this game and was sitting two seats from the boy who caught the ball, only hear security say that “Pujols wants his ball back”. The little boy and father were disappointed, after all that is the reason you take your kids to the game. It’s all about the experience! I must say Pujols left a bad taste in my mouth and am no longer an Angels fan because of him.

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