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One Of The Smallest Players In Baseball Had One Of The Biggest Games In Playoff History

People who are underestimated for their size have a wonderful ambassador after game 1 of the American League Division series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox. The Houston Astros’ José Altuve put on a show, and people were reminded not to underestimate us shorties.

The Astros beat Boston 8 to 2, but the true winner last night was Altuve, who hit three home runs in the game.

There aren’t many baseball players that have been able to do exactly what he did last, in fact there’s only 8 players in the history of baseball that have ever hit three home runs in a postseason game

Here’s a refresher on Altuve: the Venezuelan pro-baller stands at 5’6″.

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Now 5’6″ doesn’t seem that short, in fact, I’d give anything to be that tall (I’m only 5’2) but in baseball that is relatively tiny. The average height for baseball players, according to Sports Chart, is roughly between 5’11” and 6’3″.

Sports Illustrated reports that Altuve’s baseball career almost never happened. He tried out for the Astros in 2006 when he was 16 and was turned away because he was too short. But he didn’t give up and returned the next day, eventually proving himself and scoring a contract.

Whoever plays well should have the right to play,” Altuve said in 2014 in Sports Illustrated. Altuve also credits his dad for continuing to give him advice about the game. “Every day he has something to say.”

Here’s some inspiring words for those wishing to be pro baseball players but have a small build:

Altuve is always asked about his height (because people make fun of him a lot), and every single time, he answers with grace and maturity.

After hitting three home runs last night, he joins the likes of Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson.

Only 8 players have hit three home runs in a postseason game, and the last time that happened was by San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval in 2012. Now, Altuve is the 9th player to join this exclusive club.

Here’s the select few who have hit three home runs in the history of baseball.

As you can see from the list above, the past four players have all been Latino.

Not only did Altuve have a great game, he’s had a great season. Altuve is one of the frontrunners to win American League MVP. ESPN notes that his stats have been impressive all season. “Altuve crushing the Red Sox is nothing new. He hit .417 against them this season. How good a year was it for him? That was his seventh-best batting average against any team, fourth-best against an American League team.”

READ: Latino Baseball Players Talk About The Culture Clash They Experience Playing For MLB



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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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