Albert Pujols Connects on First Angels Swing of the Bat

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hits an RBI double in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

When you tell your grandkids about the great Angels, you can start one player's story on March 5, 2012 when Albert Pujols wore an Angels jersey for the first time as he entered the batter's box in the top of the first inning. He took a strike, watched a ball out of the zone and then hit a double on the very first swing of his bat as an Angel to drive in the first run of the spring.

But instead of getting too excited, let's have a calm assessment of Albert's first day on the job. I made a video breaking down what Albert means to the Angels in as measured and rational a manner as befits my job as a baseball analyst.

So for those of you who get excited about things, I hope that video allowed you to appreciate the statistically measurable nuances of what this special player brings to the our team. In a replay of December 8, by the time C.J. Wilson took the mound to throw his first pitch under the halo, history's headline had been written!

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