Albert Pujols Makes Classy Gesture

Albert Pujols picked the perfect moment to hit his 697th career homerun and delivered a memorable stunner in the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Pirates.

Homer moved him ahead of Alex Rodriguez to fourth on the all-time list, and then the future Hall of Famer made a stylish gesture that was in line with the reputation he had built over a 22-year career.

According to Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat, the ball was caught by Pirates fans Matt and Samantha Brown, who met with Pujol after the game.

The pair joined the match on the one-year anniversary of the death of Samantha's father.

When he offered the historic home run ball to Pujols, the 42-year-old slugger declined, insisting that the ball meant more to Samantha than him.

He has 12 home runs since the All-Star break, which has kept his season OPS at .866.

Pujol has now scored three home runs for his career with 700 runs and 21 games to go.

If Pujol reaches the plateau of 700 home runs, he becomes the second player with Aaron to hit at least 700 home runs and 3,000 hits.

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