Dodgers’ first baseman makes his return to Busch Stadium once again tonight. While he was not in the lineup on Monday in game 1, the longtime Cardinals legend is expected to get the start with Los Angeles today.
Naturally, Pujols’ return to St Louis is the big storyline this week. It’s not the first time that he’s been back, but the Dodgers in town with the future Hall of Famer is certainly some fans that way are excited about.
Former Cardinals manager and current White Sox manager Tony La Russa is excited about his return too. In fact, La Russa wants Albert to return in 2022 and play another season, just not with the Dodgers.
La Russa was asked about Pujols returning to St. Louis at the end of his postgame interview and then responded to the question, closing with this line: "I hope he comes back next year and I hope he comes back as a Cardinal."
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 5, 2021
Pujols played for 11 years with the Cardinals and set himself up for a massive contract in free agency. Things didn’t quite work out with the Angels, and he was eventually released earlier this season. That’s when the Dodgers stepped in and scooped him up.
La Russa managed Pujols for his entire Cardinals career, so he knows what he means to the city of St Louis. But Dodgers fans also know that in LA, Pujols has found a new life in his career. Will there be room for him on the roster in 2022? Maybe. But fans certainly love him here too.