We are on the cusp of a major baseball milestone, but nobody seems to care.
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols smashed his 659th career home run on Tuesday night against the Mariners, putting him one home run behind Willie Mays for fifth-place all time.
WFAN’s Evan Roberts in New York said on the air Wednesday he feels like he is the only one who is following this feat.
“I don’t think anyone else cares, but I’m into it, bro,” he told his co-host Joe Benigno. “I’m into it.”
Pujols hit a two-run blast in the first inning, which followed a solo home run by Mike Trout in his first at-bat back from becoming a father.
Roberts, with all due respect to Trout, felt that the reaction to Trout was undeservedly superior to Pujols.
“Here’s what ticks me off: I have no disrespect for Mike Trout. He’s a tremendous baseball player, I’m very happy he and his wife had a kid,” he said. “But the bigger story in baseball last night on Twitter ws Mike Trout hitting a home run in his first at-bat back than the fact that Albert freaking Pujols – whose clean, as far as I’m concerned – is one home run away from tying Willie Mays.
“The only two guys to do that, in my lifetime, were not clean in Barry Bonds and A-Rod. So, what Albert is about to do is historic. … It’s a big deal and it doesn’t feel like a big deal.”
Roberts understands Pujols is not the player nor star he once was, but said he is still a future Hall of Famer who was once the cream of the crop in baseball at one point.
“You could put this man against just about anybody,” Roberts sadi. “He had plenty of moments in St. Louis where he proved the legend he was with the clutch hits he had and the remarkable numbers he put up.
“You know what he is? He’s just like Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays and he got old. Sometimes, when guys get old, they’re not as good.”