From the Lou and proud: Nelly double high-fives Pujols after Albert launches homer

It quite literally does not get any more St. Louis than this.
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols is congratulated by teammate Lars Nootbaar, front, after...
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols is congratulated by teammate Lars Nootbaar, front, after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)(Jeff Roberson | AP)
Published: Jul. 12, 2022 at 7:50 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - It quite literally does not get any more St. Louis than this.

Still basking in the glow of his announcement that he will participate in the Home Run Derby at next week’s MLB All-Star Game, Albert Pujols tuned up for the upcoming exhibition competition by launching his sixth home run of the season in the second inning on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

Career home run No. 685 for Pujols came on a 0-1 pitch by Dodgers starter Mitch White. Pujols blasted the line drive an estimated 386 feet, clearing the left-field wall in the blink of an eye to give the Cardinals the early lead in the game.

The most noteworthy part of the moment for many St. Louisians, though, was what Pujols did after crossing home plate.

After exchanging greetings with a couple of teammates following the home run, Pujols headed straight for one of the Cardinals’ most recognizable fans. Seated in the front row near the St. Louis dugout, Nelly stood up and gave Pujols an emphatic double high-five from the other side of the safety netting.

Tweets describing the extremely-St. Louis scene immediately began circulating on social media, with virtually everyone agreeing that an Albert Pujols collab with Nelly at Busch Stadium is just about as 314 as you’re ever going to find.

The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 7-6 on Tuesday at Busch Stadium.