I’m not here to convince you that 500 home runs matters.
It kind of still does, but not really.
Albert Pujols became the newest member of the 500 club after nailing back-to-back home runs in consecutive at bats Tuesday against Washington Nationals SP Taylor Jordan.
Unless Jordan throws a perfect game, a no-hitter despite walking seven batters, remains a rotation fixture for the next four years or all of the above, his name won’t be a pop culture trivia question the way another former National, Mike Bacsik, has become.
Bacsik’s career highlight as a big league pitcher came in August of 2007, when he served up the meatball that allowed Barry Bonds to pass Hank Aaron as baseball’s home run king.
Unless Pujols stops playing tomorrow, or next week, for good, Jordan’s shit out of luck. Pujols might not even remember who he is three months from now. I’m already counting on having to look him up.
And the devaluation of home run records came through no fault of Pujols. Blame the then 37-year-old first baseman who watched Pujols launch his first big league hit for a home run in April 2001. Blame the guy who chased after Mark McGwire in the summer of ‘98. Blame the guy who followed Sammy Sosa’s “no habla Ingles,” with a stern finger wagging denial directed at Congress.