Pujols—who signed with the Los Angeles Angels as a free agent following the 2011 season—was given standing ovations in each game throughout the weekend. And in what might be his last-ever plate appearance in St. Louis, Cardinals fans chanted in his honor Sunday:
The homecoming did not have a storybook ending, though, as Pujols popped up to first base in his final at-bat. He did, however, receive one final curtain call:
The three-time National League MVP went 4-for-11 with one walk and one home run during his first series back at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals took two out of the three games.
After the series came to an end, the future Hall of Famer told ESPN's Buster Olney that returning to St. Louis was "probably one of the best moments of my career":
Pujols will one day be enshrined in Cooperstown, as he is a member of both the 3,000-hit club and the 600-home run club. Having spent 11 seasons as a Cardinal, he ranks eighth in franchise history in games played (1,705), fourth in hits (2,073), second in home runs (445) and second in RBI (1,329).
While there were hard feelings at first, Cardinals fans showered the man who delivered two World Series titles to St. Louis with nothing but love this weekend, even as he wore an opposing uniform.