ST. LOUIS -- An eight time All-Star on the field, St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols hosted a more important All-Star event Thursday night.
For the third year in a row, the Cardinals first baseman financed and organized the Pujols Family Foundation Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, a benefit for kids and young adults with Down syndrome. Redbirds manager Tony La Russa and Skip Schumaker, along with plenty of former Cardinals players, helped coach the All-Stars on a night when everyone came out a winner.
"Inspiring," La Russa said. "The kids are unbelievable how terrific they are.
"It is worth seeing. The kids go up there, and they point [to center field]; a couple hit 'em out. It is truly great."
Parents and All-Stars were treated to a special guest when 89-year-old Stan Musial showed up to throw out the first pitch. With an assist from Pujols out on the mound, The Man got the night started with a burst of excitement.
"That is pretty powerful," La Russa said. "It shows, from his part, I think, a respect for Albert."