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Roberts’s brother-in-law, Dave Karaff, was the area scout for the team and had told him about the young hitting prodigy. “The first thing you noticed about him was his strength,” Roberts said, quoted in Albert the Great. ” Roberts and other scouts, however, did not necessarily consider Pujols a top prospect—there were still too many questions about where he could play in the field. 7, the time he ran going to first base. He was not the kind of player that was going to blow you away when you first saw him.
I was told some scouts thought he was heavy and didn’t move that well, but everybody had to see the bat. It stood out that much. ” The Cardinals were beginning to realize what they had gotten with Pujols. 323 in the Instructional League and began to learn a new position—third base. The Cardinals already had a young and powerful third baseman named Fernando Tatis, but the team’s management figured that Pujols would not be ready for the big leagues until Tatis was in his late 20s. That winter, Pujols returned home, and he and Deidre were married on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2000.
Pujols did not care, though. He knew that he had been given his big chance and that he was not going to fail. With a new No. 5 jersey replacing his No. 68 jersey, he was ready to play. OPENING DAY For anyone who is not a professional baseball player, it is probably hard to imagine what is going through the mind of a player making his big-league debut. All the years of training, all the practice hitting, catching, and throwing, all the hopes and dreams, finally coming to fruition in front of a huge crowd of baseball fans.