Angels fans won't forget that sound: that thunderclap of maple on leather, the furious stampede of seemingly all 37,548 spectators jumping to their feet, and the eruption of cheers when It ... Finally ...Happened.
With two outs and Mike Trout at second base, slugger Albert Pujols came to the plate in the fifth inning on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays and delivered, hitting a home run in his 28th game and 111th at-bat as an Angel.
He squared up on a 2-2 slider from Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison and sent it soaring an estimated 390 feet, screaming through the afternoon sunshine and bouncing into the left field bullpen for his long-awaited first home run the season, his 446th in his Hall of Fame-bound career.
"I hit it pretty good," Pujols said. "And in a day game, the ball travels a little bit more."
The breakthrough blast turned out to be the game-winner in the Angels' 4-3 victory, which gave the team (12-17) a split in the four-game series and upped starter Jerome Williams' record to 3-1.