Pujols power provides positives during Angels bumpy week, sheds light on beloved Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew

UPDATE: Angels snap losing streak with Sunday win over A’s 7-6.

More on Pujols passing Killebrew below my video… 

 

The Ugly Sweater Cap couldn't bring luck to the Angels
The Ugly Sweater Cap couldn’t bring luck to the Angels

The LA Angels’ Christmas in June has given their fans quite a few fun things to look at, listen to and take home with them (including the Ugly Sweater Cap!). Unfortunately, W’s haven’t been on Santa’s Summertime delivery list against the A’s. We hear from Mike Scioscia, Jered Weaver and Albert Pujols. Pujols talks with reverence about the types of men he is passing on the home run list – such as Harmon Killebrew – but insists now is not the time to focus on career milestones.

I had the chance to meet Harmon Killebrew a few years back. I was working in Oklahoma City when the former Twins-Senator great was doing an autograph tour and stopped by Bricktown Ballpark. It was special – as always –  to meet a humble, beloved Hall of Famer. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 74. As a player, he retired with 573 career homers, second most at the time among AL sluggers (Babe Ruth at the top) and the largest homer total by a right-handed hitter in American League history until Alex Rodriguez passed him on the list. Below is Baseball-Reference’s career homer tally. Mark McGwire and Frank Robinson are next up…

Baseball Reference HR LIst
Baseball Reference HR List

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/HR_career.shtml

If you’d like to learn more about Killebrew, here’s a link to the Baseball Hall’s bio, and some cool videos from MLB and Cooperstown, including the call of his All-Star game home run by Joe Garagiola..

 

 

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