It’s been a while since Albert Pujols left the St. Louis Cardinals for the Los Angeles Angels — almost eight years, to be exact.

But this week marked his first time playing at Busch Stadium since his 2011 departure. And Pujols made sure to give fans something to remember him by Saturday afternoon.

The 39-year-old launched a solo shot over the center-field wall in the seventh inning of Saturday’s contest and received a standing ovation. He tipped his cap to the crowd before ducking back into the visitors’ dugout.

Take a look:

Pujols’ wife, Deidre, told FOX Sports Midwest the standing ovation her husband received was “probably the most special thing I’ve seen in his whole career.”

Coincidentally, Pujols’ homer marks his 1,800th career run.

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