Albert Pujols Hits First 2012 Home Run

You can take a deep breath, Orange County, California. Your prized off-season acquisition has cleared the fences in a regular-season baseball game wearing your team colors!

It took 113 at-bats, but Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the 2012 MLB season this afternoon, going yard in the fifth inning against Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchinson.

In an attempt to quell his slugger's struggles at the plate, Angels manager Mike Scioscia sat Pujols for Saturday's game. The DNP paid off.

The Angels, who are in last place in the AL West, were able to have fun with Pujols' first dinger of the season, exhibiting something far more hilarious than the typical cold-shoulder treatment teams have been known to do when a player hits his first career home run or snaps out of an excruciating long cold streak.

Assuming this signals a shift back to normalcy for one of the game's best hitters, it will surely silence the noise being created by a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story that quoted former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

In the article, LaRussa offered his take on Pujols' slow start, suggesting that his former first baseman is affected and distracted by living away from his family, among other things.

The Angels currently lead the Blue Jays 4-2 in the top of the seventh. If they hold on, they will have won five of their last seven games.

Maybe things won't be so bad for this highly touted club much longer.

For more information on the Anaheim Angels, please visit Halos Heaven.

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