Jose Altuve stole the show when the Houston Astros visited the White House on Monday to be recognized for winning the World Series, and the reigning AL MVP insists it was not intentional.
Several photos and videos showed Altuve standing behind Donald Trump with a very serious look on his face while the president was delivering his speech. On Tuesday, Altuve said it was an “honor” to be at the White House and said he was just trying to be respectful.
The internet, of course, drew its own conclusions about what may have been on Altuve’s mind. Many felt Altuve’s body language was his way of making a political statement, and there was one very awkward moment where it appeared Trump intentionally skipped over Altuve while dishing out handshakes.
It’s possible that Altuve disagrees with Trump’s policies, but that doesn’t mean his facial expressions on Monday were indicative of that. If he felt strongly enough about not going, he would have stayed home like Carlos Correa.
Championship team visits to the White House have become a little bit more newsworthy these days, and that was certainly true once again this week.
The World Series champion Houston Astros visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, and it was highlighted by some awkward moments that Astros star Jose Altuve had with the commander-in-chief.
The reigning AL MVP stood behind Trump for the balance of the ceremony and was photographed with some rather meme-worthy facial expressions.
An uncomfortable moment also ensued when Trump shook hands individually with the members of the Astros and appeared to skip right past Altuve.
Not to worry though — a Trump-Altuve handshake eventually happened … it just descended into a bizarre arm wrestle of sorts before Trump cracked a joke about Altuve’s height and then seemed to nearly lose his balance.
This was, of course, gold material for the Internet, and the jokes soon arrived.
Jose Altuve and Joel Embiid are just another reminder that incredible athletes come in different sizes.
The two attended the 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award ceremony on Tuesday night in Brooklyn. They posed next to each other for a photo that also included JJ Watt and Carlos Beltran. Take a look::
Embiid is 7-feet tall, while Altuve is listed at 5-foot-6, which is why he only comes up to Embiid’s midsection.
Altuve and Watt were named SI’s Sportsperson of the Year for what they did for the city of Houston. Watt helped raise $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston, while Altuve helped lead the Astros to a World Series title with an MVP season.
As for Embiid, well he was named SI’s Rising Star of the Year. And their photo is probably even better than the one of Altuve next to Aaron Judge.
The runner-up in this year’s American League MVP Award voting gave the deserving winner a shoutout on social media not long after the announcement was made.
To cap off a great season, Jose Altuve added AL MVP honors to winning a World Series on Thursday. During the regular season, the Astros second baseman led the league in batting average and hits in addition to hitting 24 home runs and stealing 32 bases.
Altuve picked up 27 of a possible 30 first place votes to capture the award for the first time in his career. Aaron Judge, who finished in second place, was gracious in offering congratulations to the winner.
In another year, Judge may have taken home the award with his .284/.422/.627 batting line to go along with 52 home runs and 114 runs batted in, both of which led the American League. At just 25 years old, this will likely not be the last time Judge is in the MVP discussion. Although, Altuve doesn’t show any signs of slowing down himself.
Justin Verlander and Jose Altuve already have professed their love for one another this postseason. Now they have the T-shirts to prove it.
Check out the shirts the two were wearing for a photo snapped inside the team’s clubhouse. Altuve posted the photo on Instagram Sunday:
The funny shirts trace back to Game 7 of the ALCS, which the Astros won over the New York Yankees. In an interview after the game, Altuve said he literally loved Verlander. The feeling between the two is clearly mutual.
FYI: You can get the shirts at a website called breakingt.com. Here is the link for the Love Altuve shirt and for the Love Verlander shirt.
As soon as Kenley Jansen blew the save in Game 2 of the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers were toast.
Houston’s bats exploded late in Game 2 on Wednesday night. They score two runs off Jansen, handing him his first earned run and blown save of the postseason on a solo home run in the ninth by Marwin Gonzalez to tie it in the ninth. With the tough part — scoring off Jansen — out of the way, the rest came easy.
Jose Altuve led off the top of the 10th inning for the Astros with a solo home run off Josh Fields.
Carlos Correa followed with a solo shot that traveled further up the bleachers to make it 5-3 for Houston.
A team that looked dead in the water down 1-0 in the series and needing to score two runs off Kenley Jansen turned the series around with some clutch hitting with the late-game long ball. They also made some history in the process.
Jose Altuve was not happy with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for calling him out on strikes in the top of the fourth inning of Game 1 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.
Hits were tough to come by for the Astros against Clayton Kershaw, and it certainly didn’t help them when borderline calls went the Dodgers’ way. That was the case when Altuve was called out on strikes on a breaking ball low in the zone with a full count.
Altuve protested the calls he received, including the strikeout call on the 3-2 pitch that was low.
Sure, Kershaw’s breaking balls drop a lot, so where the pitch crosses the plate is higher than where the catcher receives the ball, but that pitch was still low.
Altuve tried to make up for that call with a single in the 7th, one of the few hits the Astros managed off Kershaw.
Jose Altuve came up big once again for his Houston Astros, and he did one heck of a bat flip to celebrate.
The Houston second baseman went opposite field on a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night to put his team up 2-0. The homer marked Altuve’s second of the series.
He also decided to take his bat for an extra long ride up the first base line before doing a huge bat flip.
Altuve was clearly pumped up about his homer:
Aaron Judge had previously robbed the Astros of a home run when he leaped up to snag one away from Yuli Gurriel. This one was out of his reach.
The likely AL MVP keeps doing MVP things for his Astros.
Jose Altuve was not shy in expressing his fondness towards Justin Verlander during an interview after Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.
The Houston Astros’ superstar was clutch again for his team as he went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBIs in a 7-1 win to force Game 7. Verlander was similarly awesome, as he pitched seven scoreless innings for the win.
After the game, Altuve talked with FS1’s Tom Verducci and was asked about Verlander’s postseason excellence. That’s when Altuve let out a great quote.
“I literally love Justin Verlander,” Altuve told Verducci. “The way he goes out there makes me feel like I have to go out there and play the same way that he is doing. I know he’s going out there and doing everything he can to win this game. So everybody in the lineup wants to support him and score runs for him because we know the kind of guy he is.”
This is clearly a classic case of one superstar inspiring another to elevate his game. And it’s tough to say between the two who’s stood out more in the postseason, because both have been outstanding. Altuve led the AL in hits for the fourth year in a row and won his third batting title in the last four years, plus he’s the likely AL MVP. He’s batting .405 with four home runs in the playoffs. Verlander went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA after joining Houston in the regular season, and he’s 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in the playoffs this year.
If you like the Astros, how could you not love Verlander?
The Major League Baseball postseason always produces superstars. Some of those who emerge are expected, while some are unlikely players who go from anonymity to household name overnight. That can happen thanks to a hot streak at the right time, a dramatic home run, a surprisingly great pitching performance, or some sterling defensive play.
Here is a list of 20 players who have been the standout players so far during the 2017 MLB playoffs.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
The potential AL MVP had a great regular season, and that has carried over into the postseason. Altuve, for as well-known and well-respected as he is across baseball, has never really had that signature moment or stretch of performances to really establish himself as a major star. In his only previous playoff series — the 2015 ALDS against Kansas City — he went just 3-for-22.
This year, he promptly opened his postseason with a three-homer game, and he hasn’t looked back since. He hit an astonishing .533 against Boston, and has only slightly cooled in the ALCS, hitting a mere .357. He’s a superstar now, and everyone is taking notice.
Yasiel Puig, OF Dodgers
For much of his career, Puig has been better known for bat flips, off-field antics, and on-field mental errors than for star power on the field. Sure, he has always had spectacular plays in him, but it would be fair to say he had never put it all together. Not anymore.
Puig is having an absolutely dominant postseason, hitting .429 and driving in six runs in Los Angeles’s first six games. It’s too soon to say that he’s found something permanently — Puig has had hot stretches before — but if this keeps up, he’ll evolve into a superstar he once looked destined to become.