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Angels Albert Pujols enters 500 HR club

Pujols smacks 500 HR
Pujols smacks 500 HR
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Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has began the season on a good note, healthy and hitting in timely situations.

Pujols became the first to hit his 499th and 500th career home runs in the same game, as he aided the Angels in the 7-2 victory against the Washington Nationals. He connected of off pitcher Taylor Jordan twice, in the first and fifth innings.

As he rounded the bases, he clapped his hands in celebration and pointed at the sky as he crossed home plate. Pujols has eight homers and 19 RBI's thus far in the season.

"It tastes better with a win," Pujols said. "I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now."

Pujols at 34 years old made more history, being the third youngest to accomplish the milestone behind Alex Rodriguez, and Jimmie Fox at 32 years old.

Nationals fans gave Pujols a pretty warm receptions after the milestone, to which Pujols tipped his cap towards the crowd, after an emotional base running moment.

Pujols also thanked his fans via twitter - @PujolsFive.
"Thank you to all of my fans for all of the well wishes on my HR #500. I thank the Lord for you and your support of the years. May God bless you all."

The nine time All-Star and three time NL MVP was greeted by his Angel teammates in the dugout. Everyone acknowledged how special of a moment it was not only for Pujols, but for the entire team.

"That's the Albert I'm used to seeing. Full, healthy, 100 percent healthy," said Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

Pujols has made 2014 his year of coming back stronger. When he joined the Angels in free agency in 2011, Pujols appeared to see the effects of aging. He struggled to hit in the first part of the season, and came alive in the second half. In 2012 he hit. 285 along with 30 home runs and 105 RBI's.
However in 2013 Pujols was plagued with injuries and only played in 99 games in a disappointing season.

Pujols came into Spring Training this season, looking healthier and feeling like the Pujols of old so to speak. This season his bat is speaking loudly and confidently.

"Now we've got to start on the next milestone, I guess," said Pujols.

Angels pitcher Jered Weaver once referred to Pujols as the greatest hitter of our generation.

Being "The Machine" that he is, Pujols is the ultimate competitor, and as long he swings the bat the more milestone we'll be able to see before his career is done.