While the 10th anniversary of Jose Altuve’s debut rolled around on Tuesday, the lifetime Houston Astro has gone from a turned away prospect to possibly the best player in franchise history. From the seven All-Star appearances to a 2017 MVP, Altuve is only 31-years-old and isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.
As also the clutchest hitter in franchise history, Altuve defied the odds while being the smallest guy on the field. The postseason walk offs and the 2017 World Series championship were all accomplished with his memorable smile that went ear-to-ear. There is so much more to Altuve’s career, as he slammed two home runs on the 10-year anniversary of his debut.
Jose Altuve displayed a night to remember on Tuesday, as he celebrated the anniversary with two home runs.
Altuve entered Tuesday’s action with one of the best quotes from any athlete: “I like to prove people right, not wrong. I did it for the people that actually believe in me.” Many known the story of Altuve being turned away at a young age due to his size, but his heart and determination have put him on the path to a Hall of Fame career.
The slugger has always been seen as the best player for the Astros in recent years, but also the happiest and most humble. Tuesday wasn’t just about his bat, as Altuve made a web gem at second base:
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Looking back at his debut on July 20, 2011, Altuve slashed 1-for-5 with his only hit being a single against the Washington Nationals. On Tuesday, the Astros pelted their way through game two against the Cleveland Indians, 9-3, after a dominant performance from Luis Garcia off the rubber.
The Astros close out the series on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. with Lance McCullers Jr. off the rubber, as the Indians send out right-hander Eli Morgan.
On the farm, Pedro Baez inches closer to his Astros debut, as he heads to Triple-A with the Sugar Land Skeeters after throwing a bullpen at Minute Maid Park. Alex Bregman is also nearing a rehab assignment, while the third baseman ran the bases pregame on Tuesday.