As he approaches the end of his storied career, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols continues to put himself in elite company.
Pujols launched his 702nd career home run in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the solo blast, he has now tied the legendary Babe Ruth for second all-time on the RBI list with 2,214.
Pujols announced in March that the 2022 season would be his last, and he's going out in style. The 42-year-old has now hit 16 home runs since the start of August to up his season total to 23. His quest for 700 home runs was the feel-good story of the season's second half, and he still has time to continue adding to his legendary resume.
Sunday's game against the Pirates is Pujols' final regular-season home game at Busch Stadium. Along with catcher Yadier Molina, who is also retiring at the end of the season, Pujols was honored prior to the game. Mayor Tishaura Jones declared that Oct. 4 will be known as Yadier Molina Day and Oct. 5 will be Albert Pujols Day in St. Louis.
"To all you in Cardinal Nation, the best fans in baseball—thank you so much for all your support, all the joy, all the tears that we have shared together," Pujols said to the home crowd. "I love you all. You guys are always gonna have a special place in my heart. God bless you all."
The Cardinals won the NL Central for the second time in four seasons and are set to be the No. 3 seed in the 2022 playoffs. St. Louis is surely hoping that Pujols' magical run continues in the postseason.