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.
Oh, the Jose Altuve deathstare images are getting even better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Buck declares “painted corner” on called strike 3 to Altuve… Fox doesn’t show the digital strike zone?. So I will. This is BALL 4. pic.twitter.com/UNb4l0XCXj
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.