Watch: Albert Pujols is clearly excited to be back with St. Louis Cardinals – Red Bird Rants

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium on April 11, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images)
The Albert Pujols signing was made by the St. Louis Cardinals for a multitude of reasons. First, it was to add his bat to the lineup, specifically against left-handed pitchers, a role he thrived in with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Second, it was to reunite him with Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright which, by all accounts, will be their Last Dance. It’s good for the three career-long friends. It’s good PR by the Cardinals. The move, which was low-cost, came at virtually no risk to the team. It was a move that they should have made and ultimately ended up doing after initially calling it highly unlikely.
Pujols has played less than 10 games with the Cardinals and is clearly enjoying himself. Just look at this video where he caught Miles Mikolas’ warmup pitches in-between innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. He gets back to the dugout, laughs and exchanges jokes with Molina and Wainwright, and the energy throughout the group was loose, fun and energetic.
That’s about as good of a sign for Pujols’ start in St. Louis as the team could have asked for, especially considering that he’s hitting .333/.385/.583 with one home run through three games. He’s clearly transitioned back into the locker room without skipping a beat and is also providing more leadership in a very strong clubhouse, as Nolan Arenado has made it clear how much 1) he wanted to play with Pujols and 2) his teammates talking both privately and publicly about his impact in short time.
Of course, Pujols is unlikely to continue hitting at the current rate he’s at. But if he’s anywhere close to hitting .275 by the end of the year, the signing will have proven to be a steal considering all of the other qualities he brings to the team. But the video of Pujols, Wainwright and Molina laughing it up as the Cardinals blew out the Brewers in Milwaukee was just how they drew it up – and what they hope is a sign of things to come.
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