The MLB, its players, and all of its fans were saddened to hear about the passing of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson this past week. Former Cardinals' slugger and current Los Angeles Angels player Albert Pujols took to his Instagram to post an amazing tribute to someone he knew as a friend and a mentor.
Bob Gibson pitched for the Cardinals all 17 years of his storied career (1959-75) and compiled a 251-174 record to go along with a career 2.91 ERA and 56 shutouts. He won two Cy Young Awards and was named the National League MVP in 1968.
You can't help but admire the respect and admiration Pujols had for Gibson. He called Gibson's competitive spirit contagious and recalled how he was mentored and coached by an all-time great.
Bob Gibson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and Pujols hopes to follow in his footsteps and accomplish the same feat in his career. Pujols just finished his 20th MLB season and currently ranks No. 15 all-time in hits (3,236), No. 5 all-time in home runs (662), and No. 3 all-time in runs batted in (2,100).
In the end, you can't help but smile when you see one of baseball's active all-time greats post a personal tribute to one of his own personal all-time idols in the great Bob Gibson.
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