Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto honored St. Louis Cardinals legends Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina ahead of their series finale on Aug. 31.
On August 31st, the St. Louis Cardinals played for the last time in Cincinnati this season when they ended their three-game streak against the Reds. This will be the last time Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina have played as opposing sides against the Reds as both will retire at the end of this season.
Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto honored both Pujols and Molina in a pre-game tweet, asking them to join him “in recognition of the experience of playing against two of baseball’s greatest players.”
Joey Votto honors Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina before the Cardinals’ game against the Reds
Before the game started, Votto and manager David Bell presented both Pujols and Molina with personalized baseball bats. Molina’s gift was presented to pitcher Adam Wainwright as he warmed up in the bullpen during the celebrations.
Pujols was scorching hot in August. Not only did he have a .393 batting average and 1.335 OPS early in Wednesday’s game, but he also hit eight homers for a career total of 694. He’s just six home runs away from becoming the fourth player to ever hit 700 career home runs.
In his 19th season with the Cardinals, Molina is posting .200/.220/.255 while recording two homers, 12 RBI and 40 hits in 59 games.
This was the last time Pujols and Molina took the field at Great American Ball Park and Votto wanted to honor the two baseball legends.
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