May 6, 2012: a day that will forever go down in Angels history. This is the day where Albert Pujols hit his first home run with his new team. You can check out a video of it here.
Of course, this isn’t a cause for celebration. It’s a homer. He’ll probably hit at least 30 more this year. But for a player who was getting maligned by Angels fans, the media, and fans across baseball, finally getting his first homer out of the way feels like a huge weight off of Pujols’s shoulders.
Now that this silly charade of “WHEN WILL PUJOLS HOMER?!?!?” is over, maybe we can focus on the more pressing issues at hand around the league, and for the Angels. The Angels are just 11-17 right now, pending the result of today’s game against the Blue Jays. Their best offensive player has been Mark Trumbo, who isn’t even playing every day. Their bullpen is 0-6 this year, and they’ve just saved three games. With the Pujols home drama completed, it’s time for the Angels to fix their other problems and begin the playoff march.
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