A Look Back: Albert Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warmup
St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warmup
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols signs his name to a baseball during the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warmup at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in downtown St. Louis on January 16, 2011. The three day event allows fans to get up close to their favorite present, past and future Cardinals heroes. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols practices
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols practices
Albert Pujols Jr. (10) kneels while watching his dad St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols take fielding practice at first base before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 7, 2011. Pujols returned to the lineup on July 6, after spending 15 days on the disabled list for an injured wrist. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols comes to bat for the first time to a standing ovation during the last game of the regular season, against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 25, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols emerges from the club house at Busch Stadium for possibly the last home game before a game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 25, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
A fan holds a sign encouraging St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols to stay with the team, before the last regular season game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 25, 2011. Pujols will become a free agent when the season ends. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
A fan holds a sign, hoping that St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols will remain as a Cardinal, during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 25, 2011. Pujols becomes a free agent at the end of the season. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Cardinals celebrate World Championship with parade and ceremony at Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals celebrate World Championship with parade and ceremony at Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols and daughter Sophia wave to the crowds during a parade honoring the World Championship team that won the 2011 World Series in St. Louis on October 30, 2011. Following the parade through the streets of St. Louis the team ended up in Busch Stadium for a formal ceremony. St. Louis defeated the Texas Rangers in seven games for the 2011 World Championship. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Albert Pujols statue unveiled
Albert Pujols statue unveiled
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols, photographs the new Albert Pujols statue, just unveiled at the Pujols 5 Restaurant in Maryland Heights, Missouri on November 2, 2011. Money for the 10-foot, 1100 pound bronze and stainless steel statue was donated by an anonymous donor. The statue honors the Cardinals slugger for his baseball career and his work with the Pujols Family Foundation. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Albert Pujols Christmas party
Albert Pujols Christmas party
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (R) poses for a photograph with National Baseball Hall of Fame member Stan Musial before the start of the Annual Pujols Family Foundation Christmas Party in St. Louis on December 3, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Albert Pujols #68
Albert Pujols #68
26 Feb 2001: Albert Pujols #68 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a studio portrait during Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman /Allsport
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols commits his sec
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols commits his sec
ST. LOUIS, UNITED STATES: St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols commits his second error of the game in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 8, 2001. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read SCOTT ROVAK/AFP/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols slides home saf
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols slides home saf
ST. LOUIS, UNITED STATES: St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols slides home safely before a late tag by Arizona Diamondbacks' Damian Miller in the sixth inning 16 April 2001 in St Louis. Pujols scored on Mike Matheny's sacrifice fly. AFP PHOTO/Scott ROVAK (Photo credit should read SCOTT ROVAK/AFP/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals' rookie Albert Pujols hits a t
St. Louis Cardinals' rookie Albert Pujols hits a t
ST. LOUIS, UNITED STATES: St. Louis Cardinals' rookie Albert Pujols hits a two-run home run off of Colorado Rockies' Denny Neagle in the bottom of the second inning of the Cardinals' home opener 09 April 2001. The hit was Pujols' first at bat in Busch Stadium as the Cardinals beat the Rockies 3-2. AFP PHOTO/Scott ROVAK (Photo credit should read SCOTT ROVAK/AFP/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox v St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago White Sox v St. Louis Cardinals
ST. LOUIS - JUNE 17: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by teammate Mark McGwire #25 during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Busch Stadium on June 17, 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the White Sox 8-3. (Photo by: Elsa/Getty Images)
Albert Pujols #5
Albert Pujols #5
6 Jun 2001: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 4-1.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
NLCS Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets
NLCS Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Yadier Molina #4 and Albert Pujols #5 and the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the New York Mets 3-1 to take game seven of the NLCS at Shea Stadium on October 19, 2006 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NLCS Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets
NLCS Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Albert Pujols #5 and manager Tony LaRussa #10 of the St. Louis Cardinals embrace after defeating the New York Mets 3 to 1 in game seven of the NLCS at Shea Stadium on October 19, 2006 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with the fans after the Cardinals 4-2 win against the Detroit Tigers in Game Five to win the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals, his son AJ, William O. DeWitt Jr., Walt Jocketty and manager Tony La Russa celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Elise Amendola-Pool/Getty Images)
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the locker room celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the locker room celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Scott Rolen #27 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Scott Rolen #27 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Scott Rolen #27 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Scott Rolen #27 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals and his son, AJ celebrate with the World Series Trophy after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
World Series Game 5: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with his son after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the 2006 World Series on October 27, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 4-2 to win the World Series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
World Series - Game 3: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
World Series - Game 3: Detroit Tigers v St. Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 24: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a ground rule double in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Three of the 2006 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 24, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 26: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by Matt Holliday #7 after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. It was the 400th home run of his career. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 26: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. It was the 400th home run of his career. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 26: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. It was the 400th home run of his career. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 26: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. It was the 400th home run of his career. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 26: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. It was the 400th home run of his career. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: First baseman Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals tips his cap to the crowd during the World Series victory parade for the franchise's 11th championship on October 30, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Albert Pujols (L) of the St. Louis Cardinals stands next to the World Series trophy during a ceremony celebrating the team's 11th World Series championship October 30, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Mark McGwire uses an iPad to take a photo of Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals during a ceremony celebrating the team's 11th World Series championship October 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals participates in a parade celebrating the team's 11th World Series championship October 30, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals
2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Rafael Furcal #15 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals
2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) Yadier Molina #4 and Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate with family after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Julio Lugo (L) and Albert Pujols watch the ninth inning against the Houston Astros from the dugout at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 27, 2009. Houston defeated St. Louis 4-3. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols looks to the stands as he steps out of the batters box during his at bat in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 27, 2009.  Houston defeated St. Louis 4-3.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols looks to the stands as he steps out of the batters box during his at bat in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 27, 2009. Houston defeated St. Louis 4-3. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols looks to the stands as he steps out of the batters box during his at bat in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 27, 2009. Houston defeated St. Louis 4-3. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols looks to the stands as he steps out of the batters box during his at bat in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 27, 2009. Houston defeated St. Louis 4-3. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (R) slides safely into home plate before the tag of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus in the first inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 30, 2009. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols points skyward from second base after hitting a double in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 29, 2009. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Arizona Diamondbacks vs St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols (R) and Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero collide as they watch a foul ball go out of play in the first inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 19, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals
Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols lays on the ground after snagiing a ground ball off the bat of Minnesota Twins Jason Kubel and fliping it to the pitcher covering first base to end the seventh inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 26, 2009. St. Louis won the game 5-3. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols walks to the batters on deck circle in the sixth inning against the  Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 7, 2009. Colorado beat St. Louis 7-2. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols walks to the batters on deck circle in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 7, 2009. Colorado beat St. Louis 7-2. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols walks to the batters on deck circle in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 7, 2009. Colorado beat St. Louis 7-2. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols walks to the batters on deck circle in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 7, 2009. Colorado beat St. Louis 7-2. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols is helped to his feet by ( L to R) head trainer Barry Weinberg, coach Jose Oquendo and manager Tony La Russa after turning an ankle following a double in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 1, 2009. Pujols remained in the game.(UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols sits in the dugout, getting ready for a game against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols holds up his "2008 National League Most Valuable Player" award during ceremonies before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
New York Mets vs St. Louis Cardinals
New York Mets vs St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols swings as he hits a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 23, 2009. The homer was Pujols' second of the day as St. Louis won the game 12-8. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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