When the legendary Albert Pujols started off the 2021 season with the Angels, it seemed as if his playing days were over. He wasn’t producing much at the plate and was a liability on defense. However, signing with the Dodgers not only allowed him to stay in Southern California, but it also helped him revive his season. He’s shown that although he’s on the last legs of his career, there’s plenty left in the tank.
Max Muncy who knows a thing or two about playing with energy, spoke about how much the 41-year old has brought to his new team.
“I don’t think anyone can match it. From the moment he got over here, a month or two ago, or however long ago it was, the guy’s been non stop energy, non stop smiles. He loves being out there every single day, he loves working, he just loves the game of baseball and that’s starting to rub off on a lot of people. He’s been huge for us. I don’t know if there’s enough words to describe how much of an impact he’s had for us.”
Upon his signing, it was talked about how much of an impact he would have in the clubhouse. From mentoring the rookies, to offering extra tips to the vets, that would be his role. During the games you can just see the excitement he has for his teammates, almost routinely offering hugs and smiles.
Yet Pujols has shown he can bring more than just some teammate love to the table. His bat has woken up and has been a positive impact for the Dodger offense. Gavin Lux even mentioned the quality of his trips to the plate.
“I feel like every time he’s in the box something good’s gonna happen. He always has really professional at bats … It always seems like he comes through and it’s been a lot of fun having him around.”
Whether it be an RBI single, a home run, or simply working the pitcher and adding to his pitch count, Albert can affect the game in many ways. The Dodgers made the right choice to bring him aboard and it seems as if they are constantly reaping the benefits of having the future Hall of Famer in Dodger blue.