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VIDEO: Albert Pujols Makes Dramatic Cardinals' Spring Training Entrance

Devon Platana
A video of  Albert Pujols' making his dramatic St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training entrance.
A video of Albert Pujols' making his dramatic St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training entrance. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals fans were given quite the treat on Sunday night when their team announced that they were bringing back first baseman Albert Pujols on a one-year, $2.5 million contract for the 2022 MLB season.

Pujols, who spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Cardinals, is one of the best players in franchise history. That's why it was such a special moment Monday afternoon when the 42-year-old donned a St. Louis uniform for the first time since 2011.

You can check out the video of the epicly dramatic Spring Training entrance below:

During his first Spring Training entrance, Pujols received a standing ovation from everyone in attendance, whether they were fans, coaches or players. While it's nothing compared to the reception he'll get when he re-debuts at Busch Stadium, it was still a special moment, nonetheless.

When it comes to the Cardinals' all-time stats, Pujols ranks fifth in hits (2,073), as well as second in doubles (455), home runs (445) and RBIs (1,329). He also won his three National League MVP awards in St. Louis and was a part of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series-winning team.

Despite being in the backend of his career, Pujols was solid in 275 at-bats for the Los Angeles Angeles and LA Dodgers last season. He finished with 17 home runs, 50 RBIs and a .236/.284/.433 slash line over that span while helping the Dodgers make it to the NL Championship Series.

It'll be interesting to see how much Pujols has left in the tank in his return season to St. Louis. The Cardinals currently have +3500 odds (15th) to win the 2022 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.