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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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Michael Jordan Says His Final Text Messages With Kobe Bryant Were About Good Tequila

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Michael Jordan Says His Final Text Messages With Kobe Bryant Were About Good Tequila

A little over a year has passed since the tragic news of NBA star Kobe Bryant’s death made headlines. The shooting guard‘s sudden death in Calabasas, California, rocked the worlds of his family, friends, former teammates, and many of his fans. On Feb. 24, a public memorial service held at Staples Center saw various people in his life give speeches, including his wife Vanessa Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and his longtime friend and rival Michael Jordan. The former Chicago Bulls player gave a heart-rendering speech filled with fond memories of Bryant and tears. A year later, the former shooting guard admits that he still gets choked up when he remembered Bryant.

According to Jordan, he becomes particularly emotional when reflecting on the 17-month old text messages between him and his old friend.

In a recent interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Jordan revealed that his final messages with Bryant were about family, basketball, and tequila.

In a series of text messages that took place weeks before Bryant’s death, Jordan says that he and the late basketball icon spoke about their family and good tequila. The two basketball players last texted seven weeks before Bryant’s death on Dec. 8, 2019.

“This tequila is awesome,” Bryant wrote in a text to Jordan. The message was about Jordan’s tequila brand, which he had sent to his formal rival.

In response, Jordan said, “Thank you, my brother.”

Bryant: “Yes, sir. Family good?”

Jordan: “All good. Yours?”

Bryant “All good.”

“He was just so happy,” Jordan explained to MacMullan. “He was doing so well.”

Jordan explained in his interview that at this point in his life, Bryant was fully invested in coaching his late daughter Gigi.

“Happy holidays,” Jordan went onto text Bryant in the message string, “and hope to catch up soon. Coach Kobe??!”

Bryant replied, “Ah, back at you, man. Hey, coach, I’m sitting on the bench right now, and we’re blowing this team out. 45-8.”

Jordan explained that Bryant had found so much joy in coaching his daughter’s basketball team.

Speaking about the text thread, Jordan told ESPN, “I just love that text, because it shows Kobe’s competitive nature.”

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

Dana Hutchings, 41, entered a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game in 2019. He choked and died during the contest and now his son has filed a lawsuit against the baseball team.

The son of a man who died from a taco eating contest is suing for wrongful death.

Dana Hutchings, 41, died after choking during a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game. His son has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the event organizers were not equipped to host the event. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that the organizers failed to provide a medical response team.

“People say all the time he knew what he was getting into, well clearly he didn’t,” Martin Taleisnik, an attorney representing Hutchings’ son, Marshall told CBS17.

Marshall and his attorney are pushing back at the notion that Dana should have known better.

People have sounded off on social media criticizing the family for filing the lawsuit. Yet, the family and their attorney are calling attention to the lack of information given to contestants.

“If you don’t know all the pitfalls, how can you truly be consenting and participating freely and voluntarily? It’s a risk that resulted in a major loss to Marshall,” Taleisnik told CBS17.

Dana’s family is seeking a monetary settlement from the Fresno Grizzlies owners.

The wrongful death lawsuit names Fresno Sports and Events as the responsible party. The lawsuit also notes that alcohol was made available to contestants and added to the likelihood of the tragedy.

“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away. The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings,” a statement from the Fresno Grizzlies read after the death in 2019. “The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”

READ: Kobe Bryant’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Has Tragically Been Moved To Federal Court Despite Vanessa Bryant’s Pleas

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