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White Sox manager Miguel Cairo congratulates Pujols on 700th home run

Cairo saw Pujols’ drive to be great from the start, which first aired on NBC Sports. Chicago Acting White Sox manager Miguel Cairo congratulated Albert Pujols on his 700th career home run this week, reaching out to the Cardinals slugger after he hit his 700th career home run on Friday night. “It was incredible,” Cairo said. “I congratulated him via text.” It’s nice to see him hit so many home runs in his career.” “I got to play with him, so it was awesome.” Cairo and Pujols were teammates on Tony La Russa’s Cardinals from 2001 to 2003 — Pujols’ first three seasons in the majors — and the first baseman’s statistics and accolades spoke for themselves. Pujols was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2001 and NL MVP runner-up the following two seasons. No doubt, he had a ridiculous start to his career, but the way he carried himself as a young player also spoke volumes to Cairo. “Oh, he was intense,” Cairo commented. “He wanted to be the best, and he succeeded.” He worked hard to be the best, the elite, and you can see all of the numbers he put up.” Pujols has “dedication and hard work,” Cairo added. “He is one of the smartest players and hitters I’ve ever played with or had as a teammate.” That was pretty cool to see.” Pujols hit a pair of home runs against the Dodgers on Friday night, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth as the only players to hit 700 home runs. Aside from his Hall of Fame resume, Pujols is having a remarkably strong 2022 season, his 22nd in the big leagues, at the age of 42. In 102 games, he was hitting.265/.337/.526 with 21 home runs and 58 RBIs. Cairo has been “very shocked” by Pujols’ level of production at this point in his career. But if anyone has demonstrated the ability to do what Pujols is doing, it is him. “I’m going to tell you,” Cairo said, “he keeps himself in shape, and he still can do it. He demonstrated that this year, as he has every year.” And it didn’t take long for him to start proving that in St. Louis 19 years ago. “I’m so excited for him and his family that he reached that goal,” Cairo said. Follow the White Sox Talk Podcast by clicking here. Download MyTeams Right Now!