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.
— Houston Sports Focus (@HouSportsFocus) October 5, 2017
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:
— Rising Prospects (@RProspects) October 5, 2017
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.
— John Nester (@JohnNester17) July 26, 2016
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.
José Altuve with the 10th 3-HR game in postseason history. He's the second 2B to do it, and second straight Venezuelan-born player to do it. pic.twitter.com/h0tbwQZ6qv
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 5, 2017
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.”
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