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Dodgers: Albert Pujols Finally Happy Again, Has a Great Moment with a Young Fan

Sonrisa, La Máquina!



Everything is coming up roses for the Dodgers at the moment. After a nightmare stretch, the club has rebounded and is once again right back at the top of the heap in baseball.

Now, when things are going this good, it’s important to take a step back and enjoy the little things. Like this moment between future Hall of Famer and new Dodger Albert Pujols who, after driving in a key run late in the game on Saturday evening, made the day for one young fan with a nifty gifty.

If a moment like that doesn’t give you at least a few goosebumps, I’m just sorry for you. Notably, that bat knocked in career RBI number 2,117 for Pujols and added career hit number 3,258.

It seems like a happy uncle Albert can still get things done at the big league level. Sorry, Angels.

After the game, Dave Roberts was asked if he noticed the moment and while he didn’t see it with his own eyes, he wasn’t even slightly surprised.

Not surprising. For him to do that and make a young fan’s day, year… it’s not surprising.

Since coming to the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles, Pujols is 5 for 19 (.263) with 5 runs batted in and a home run. Not too bad for a prorated league minimum salary added to the ledger.

The Dodgers go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon with left-hander Julio Urias (6-1, 3.04 ERA) on the mound facing former Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (4-1, 2.03 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 PM PT.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. I was watching the game when Albert gave the boy his bat. the boy couldn’t stop smiling, what a gift he will never forget. that’s so cool for a player to make a young boy so happy. great job Albert!

    • Albert is in the last year of his contract with the Angels. The Angels released him & are responsible for the rest of his contract for this year. It had nothing to do with him not being happy. Your comment is way off base!

      • We would have loved to have him back in Bush Stadium but it didn’t happen. Thank you Dodgers for seeing his worth!!!

  2. Max Muncy hasn’t missed a beat moving to 2B. He looks good defensively. He hasn’t missed a beat at the 2 spot in the order, and should probably stay there with his league leading in base percentage. His hot bat is only getting hotter. He’s the best hitter on the team right now. This is the Maximum Muncy I remember. Pujols is hitting a lot of routine groundouts to the left side. His swing is a little bit off. Hopefully, he can improve his timing, and barrel up on pitches. When Seager comes back, Pujols will probably be a pinch hitter, unless he can get something close to his old HOF swing back.

  3. Albert never gets nervous and he’s good in the clutch and he loves to play the game and I think he would be a good asset for the team at this time and so I think they oughta give him some time and let him pull himself to perfectness. I’ve been in baseball all my life and my dad was a scout and a professional picture and was in married on home plate with the bat crossed in 1950s and paid union dues for 20 years I am part of that and I am his son.

  4. Albert Pujols has always been a class act off and on the field. He continues to be a joy to follow in his twilight MLB years.

  5. Absolutely! I’m a long suffering Angels fan! We are ticked at the way the Angels unceremoniously dumped him! It has nothing to do with the money! An ambassador for the game, a generous philanthropist, a guaranteed future Hall of Famer and continually breaking records every time he puts bat to ball, you don’t treat someone like that as though they are some rookie who can’t make the grade! The Angels front office keep wasting money on terrible pitching while doing this? Good on the Dodgers for picking him up! I hope they go to the series, win it all and he gets a ring before retiring!

  6. The other night I was watching “Money Ball.” Billy was talking to the David Justice character and related to him that he didn’t bring him to the A’s for what he used to be, he brought him to the A’s to bring what he could be to the team. His strength would be to contribute a positive influence on the younger players and be a leader in the locker room. It goes without saying that what he contributed on the field would added gravy, from an experienced hand, in critical situations

    When one hears about Albert speaking on how talented ‘Smitty” is and then “Smitty” catches fire, and then after an RBI, Albert recognizing that little boy in the stands, We know that he is doing a wonderful job sharing his love for baseball to the team and the fans of the Dodgers. Sorry Angels!

  7. This doesn’t surprise me. I’ve been an Albert Pujos fan ever since he got to the majors with St. Louis and when he left there I thought he would become a dodger back then, but to see him smiling and interacting with fans, shows just how good he feels being a dodger. Hope we get him for two seasons and not just one.

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