SEATTLE -- It seems like every time Albert Pujols hits a home run, or two, as he did on Saturday night at Safeco Field, he further etches his name into the annals of Major League Baseball with another milestone.
"They keep coming and coming," Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun said. "It's unbelievable. He's one of the best of a generation. He's one of the best of all time. So it's definitely fun to play with him."
The latest piece of history was Pujols' titanic home run in the first inning, capping off back-to-back-to-back blasts by the Angels before an out was even recorded by Seattle starter Taijuan Walker in what became a 10-3 victory.
Pujols' solo shot was the 587th of storied career, which broke a tie with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and gave Pujols sole possession of ninth on Major League Baseball's list of all-time home run leaders.
But he wasn't done. Pujols added another home run in the second inning, giving him 588 career home runs.
It was also his fourth multi-home run game this year and the 55th multi-homer game of his career, which is tied for eighth all-time (with Ken Griffey Jr. and Jimmie Foxx).
Pujols has 28 homers this year and 106 RBIs, and Saturday's first long ball traveled 423 feet to the out-of-town scoreboard in left center field.
Pujols is now 21 homers behind the next man on the list, Sammy Sosa, who is in eighth place on MLB's all-time list with 609.
Pujols' home run in the first was part of a six-run first inning against the Mariners, as teammates Mike Trout and Calhoun also hit home runs in the inning.
As is Pujols' custom, he said he wasn't particularly interested in the historical significance of his newly etched spot on the all-time homer list. He has said over and over since reaching the 500 mark that he will take time to let it all sink in after he is retired. He hit on the same theme Saturday.
"I don't think about that, man," Pujols said. "I'm just glad to help our team win and be able to contribute. Especially after a tough loss last night."
And as for the flare-up of plantar fasciitis in his foot, well, he's trying his best to not talk about that, either.
"I'm OK," he said. "I'm playing, so I'm glad to be on the field."
While Pujols might not have been comfortable speaking about his place in baseball history, his manager, Mike Scioscia, didn't mind.
"It's fun any time Albert hits a home run, just the footnote of what's happening in his career," Scioscia said. "Whether it's an RBI or a home run, it seems now every time there's something, an extra-base hit, he's in the same conversation with the all-time greats. And it's been happening for a while. It's fun."