Over the past few years we’ve all gotten used to hearing that Albert Pujols has surpassed yet another career milestone. It has been almost constant. He’s the youngest or fastest to do (insert achievement here) or racked up the most (insert statistic here) in his first (insert time frame here). We get it, the guy is a phenomenal baseball player. We all know it, he knows it and I’m kind of tired of hearing about it and pretending to still be blown away by his numbers.
Well on Opening Day of the 2011 season, Pujols set yet another impressive record. According to the Elias Stat Bureau, during Thursday’s opening game against the San Diego Padres, Albert Pujols became the first player in Major League history to ground into three double plays on Opening Day. First time in Major League history. Nice.
Phat Albert also tied the record for most double plays hit into in a single game. Impressive Mr. Pujols.
It was all part of a day in which Pujols went 0-for-5 as the Cardinals lost to the Padres 5-3 in extra innings thanks to some late-game heroics by Cameron Maybin.
Not a great way to kickoff a contract year for Pujols. Oh well, we’re sure we’ll be back to hearing how amazing he is soon enough. But he finally appeared human on Thursday, at least for one day.