With a bases-loaded double in the sixth inning of the August 8, 2009 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Albert Pujols became the first player in the 133-year history of the National League to begin their career with nine consecutive seasons of 100 or more RBIs.
"Obviously it's very special," Albert said. "God has allowed me to keep myself healthy and to do that. It's not easy; it's not easy to do it for one year and nine years in a row, it's pretty special."
As with so many of Alberts milestones, it invited comparison to the all-time greats, as he passed Ted Williamss eight consecutive seasons of 100 or more RBIs.
Following his three-run double, Albert was 8-for-10 with 27 RBIs with the bases loaded, one of many remarkable statistics in his 2009 MVP campaign.
"What an amazing run of production with the bases loaded," observed Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
I don't change my approach," commented Albert. "My at-bats [with the bases loaded] are like every other single at-bat. I try to do everything I can to give one hundred percent and try and help my team out.
This game-used lineup card has been signed by Albert, who also added the inscription NL Record 100 RBIs in First Nine Years.
The card features MLB and Pujols Family Foundation authentication holograms and is accompanied by a Pujols Family Foundation Certificate of Authenticity. JSA Authenticated Certificate Number: X49298
Signer: Albert Pujols
Description: Signed Scorecard
Manufacturer: Kansas City Royals
Type: St. Louis Cardinals
Size: 11" x 17" V
Model: vs. KCR
Dated: June 19, 2009
Number Of Signatures: 1
Writing Implement: Fiber-Tip Marker
Notes: The inscription was penned in the hand of Pujols.