All eyes were on Albert Pujols in Los Angeles on Monday night. Getting his first start with the Dodgers, Pujols had cameras on him with basically every move he made. It turns out he’s a pretty fun guy to watch.
Pujols was seen in the dugout talking to pretty much everyone on the team. He talked to Dodgers veterans, chatted it up with some of the younger guys, took part in the celebrations, and just looked like he was having a great time.
But the moment that Dodgers fans were most interested in came with a starting pitcher. After a rocky 4th inning, Pujols was in the dugout chatting it up with Walker Buehler. The 2 went back and forth for a little while before Buehler went out to bat.
Albert Pujols, the Walker Buehler whisperer. The WB no-no is only a matter of time now. #Dodgers
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) May 18, 2021
Naturally, Dodgers fans wanted to know what was said in that conversation. It’s not often that you see a player bold enough to talk to a pitcher in the middle of his start. Pujols talked about that conversation after the game.
I think sometimes those innings like that … you can easily get a little bit mad and just kind of let that inning go away. He made some amazing pitches and I was just telling him, ‘Hey, great job. You made some really mature pitches. You didn’t let the moment take you out of control and you came back and struck out that guy and then finished up the inning.’
Buehler issued 3 walks that inning but came back to punch out Nick Ahmed. He followed that up by getting Tim Locastro to fly out and end the inning. The newest Dodgers first baseman was obviously impressed.
Talk about making an impact on a clubhouse immediately. The Dodgers are going to be better with Pujols there, regardless of the playing time he receives.