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There only are six players in MLB history who know what it feels like to hit 660 career home runs.

It's an exclusive club that grew last Sunday when Albert Pujols matched Giants legend Willie Mays with his 660th career homer.

The Los Angeles Angels slugger had been stuck on 659 homers for a few weeks, but finally got the weight off his shoulders against the Colorado Rockies.

The Giants didn't release a statement or video from Mays congratulating Pujols on tying him on the all-time homer list, but Pujols revealed this weekend that Mays in fact reached out to him after the milestone homer.

“He sent me an email and said, ‘What took you so long?’ ” Pujols said Friday, according to MLB.com. “This is really special. You're talking about Willie Mays. He's just amazing. What he did on the field was pretty special, but who he was off it, I think that's what people really honor."

After the long wait to tie Mays, Pujols needed just five days to pass the Hall of Famer. He slugged homers No. 661 and 662 against the Texas Rangers on Friday, moving into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time homer list.

RELATED: Pujols' 660th homer a reminder of Mays' greatness

Some day in the not too distant future, Pujols also will join Mays in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Hopefully, they can share some stories on that summer day in Cooperstown, NY.