Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina leave Cardinals fans feeling sentimental after rare moment
The St. Louis Cardinals picked up a loss Wednesday night, as they fell prey to the Tampa Bay Rays on the road to the tune of an 11-3 score, but they at least provided a light moment for their fans when veteran pair catcher Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols had fun late in the contest.
With the Cardinals down by more than a touchdown in the bottom of the eighth inning, they decided to give the ball to Molina — to pitch. Not much was expected of Molina, but he made sure he would pull off a surprise before finishing his stint on the hill. While he allowed two hits on 20 pitches (13 went for strikes), Molina managed to record his first career strikeout as a pitcher, leaving Pujols, who was watching Molina from the Cardinals’ dugout, cracking up.
Albert Pujols was all smiles after Yadier Molina got his first career strikeout on the mound 👏
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 9, 2022
That moment was just among the many Cardinals fans would miss once these two legends retire. Pujols has already declared his intention to hang up his mitt by the end of the 2022 MLB season as well as Molina. The two have won World Series with the Cardinals during their primes, helping St. Louis top the majors in 2006 and in 2011.
There’s a real chance they could contend for another World Series trophy this season, as the Cardinals are in the thick of the race in the National League Central division.