All one can do when witnessing history is to stop and watch.
During a break in play in Friday’s game between the Giants and D-backs, San Francisco’s infield consisting of J.D. Davis, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria huddled and watched Albert Pujols swat his historic 700th home run at Dodger Stadium on the Chase Field video screen. While they are big leaguers themselves, sometimes even they are in awe of what the legends of the game can do.
And to put in perspective just how many homers Pujols has hit in his career, the four Giants infielders combined have 641 home runs in 43 seasons, nearly 60 dingers shy of the Cardinals icon.
Before the game, San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler shared how much he’s enjoyed watching both Pujols’ now-complete chase for home run No. 700 and Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s pursuit of the American League single-season homer record of 61 (of which he’s one shy).
“I love watching home run races, and I love watching guys inch their way toward milestones,” Kapler said. “Like everybody else, a guy hits a -- in the case of Judge [Thursday night] -- hits a ball to deep center field, and I’ll gasp right along with everybody else and have that, ‘Aw! Damn! It was so close!’ that kind of moment, because I’m a baseball fan and I love it.”