Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Dominican baseball player Albert Pujols earned his first home run after joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Besides hitting his 446th Major League home run, Pujols ended a personal drought by claiming his first regular-season long ball after 33 games and 139 plate appearances, including his last St. Louis Cardinals at-bats. Pujols snapped back at Anaheim and capped a 4-3 home-team win against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The Dominican first baseman now has a career 1,336 runs batted in and a .326 batting average. Previously, Pujols had played for St. Louis for 11 seasons.
Since playing for the Angels, Pujols has been booed by Anaheim fans after his hits slipped to a .194 average over the past month. Pujols came to his new team with high expectations after signing a contract worth US$240 million.
For his part, Pujols offered the following explanation for his performance: "This game is about making adjustments and being patient..."
== Sources ==
Tom Verducci. "Slumping Pujols most stunning development in strange season" — Sports Illustrated, May 8, 2012
Mark Saxon. "Albert Pujols hits first HR as Angel" — ESPN, May 6, 2012
Associated Press. "Alberts Pujols connects for 1st homer as Angel in win over Jays" — ESPN, May 6, 2012