The Albert Pujols era officially began on Monday night at the Ravine, and it was a pretty good example of what’s to come. We saw him put together good at-bats, talk up his teammates, and even drive in his first run as a member of the Dodgers.
While he may not have had much time to prepare for his first game, Albert Pujols looked right at home in Dodger blue. Even after decades (yes decades!) of wearing white and red, he looked like he was always meant to don those bright blue letters across his chest.
One aspect that’s always intriguing when players change teams is how easily they acclimate to their new surroundings. It’s one thing to wear a new jersey, but becoming a member of another team is a different beast. On Monday night, however, Pujols made it look easy. After the game, he opened up on how easy it was for him to feel at home with the Dodgers. Below are his comments translated from Spanish to English.
Yeah, I feel really comfortable because I’ve talked with many of them in the past. I’ve had good communication with Kershaw, JT, Cody, Muncy.. all of the guys. Just because you play against someone doesn’t mean that you can’t talk to them, and that’s stuff that during BP or when they get to first base, you talk. I feel very comfortable, and that’s something that was important for me.
That chemistry that Pujols alluded to was visible right away and included an epic shot of him partaking in the ‘dunk on ’em’ celebration the team is so fond of.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) May 18, 2021
The Dodgers have put together an incredible group of leaders in their clubhouse, and adding Pujols to that mix is the icing on the cake. His production on the field will fluctuate, but his value as a mentor on this team cannot be overstated.
It may only be one game, but the Dodgers are undefeated in the Albert Pujols era.