Many consider Stan Musial and Albert Pujols to be the two greatest Cardinals hitters, and Pujols now is one-up on Musial in a major statistical category.
Pujols, now with the Los Angeles Angels, drove in three runs Sunday in a 7-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins to pass Stan Musial for career RBIs. They entered the day tied for seventh-most in baseball history, with 1,951. Pujols now has 1,954.
“I don’t have any words right now to describe it,” Pujols told the Los Angeles Times. “I can close my eyes and just think about it,” he said, recalling his time with Musial. “The smile and just the kind words he said to me. Those mean a lot. Those are the things you can take with you no matter how long you play.”
Pujols said he plans to give Musial’s family his uniform and bat from this weekend. He next could pass Lou Gehrig (1,995), then Barry Bonds (1,996). Hank Aaron tops the list, with 2,297
Pujols, who was with the Cardinals from 2001-11, had 1,329 RBIs for them.