No. 23, Albert Pujols – The Athletic

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy.

Let’s begin with the story about “Buddy Walk In the Park” because there is a whole generation of people who are too young to remember Albert Pujols as he really was. This is not to blame anyone. Time passes. Pujols came to play ball for the Los Angeles Angels way back in 2012, and that’s a long time ago. I mean, that was the year of the first Avengers movie.

So if you are a teenager or relatively new to baseball fanhood, there really is no way for you to remember Pujols before he joined the Angels, back when he played in St. Louis, before his bat slowed, before his body broke down, before he had to make the depressing but necessary calculation that he could be…

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