The story behind Jose Altuve's whirlwind week

Third American League batting title? Check. Fourth true AL strike crown? Yep. Now, a initial MVP endowment too? Jose Altuve got it all this year. So it was wise that it was Altuve — a heart and essence of a relentless Astros — who saw a belligerent round off a bat of Corey Seager come his approach with dual outs in a ninth inning of Game 7 of a World Series. He gloved it on a outfield grass, one knee to a territory only to be sure, and threw to Yuli Gurriel for a initial championship in Astros history.

That lighted a furious celebration, only a commencement of a whirlwind duration for Altuve, who would nap no some-more than 11 hours over a four-day camber that started in Los Angeles and finished in Miami — with a private craft interlude in New York, Orlando and Houston in between.

“A integrate years ago, we mislaid 100 games 3 seasons in a row, so it’s apparent that we put in a lot of bid together to turn World Series champions,” Altuve told ESPN’s Buster Olney on a margin after Game 7.

Translation: We’re going to suffer this.

Thursday, Nov. 2
Less than 24 hours after a final out in Los Angeles, Altuve was in New York to fasten an coming on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” — his initial on a module of that bulk — and came out to a strains of “I Want It That Way,” by The Backstreet Boys, with a second baseman’s name extrinsic into a carol by Fallon’s band, The Roots.

Why a strain from 1999, when Altuve was still in facile school? A video of Altuve singing a child band’s strike was an Internet sensation in 2016, and The Backstreet Boys themselves threw their support behind Altuve on Oct. 31, a day of Game 6.

Thanks to @jimmyfallon for a invitation… i had a good time ????????????????

A post common by Jose Altuve (@josealtuve27) on Nov 3, 2017 during 10:26am PDT

Once Altuve was seated on late night’s most-famous couch, both group wore a second baseman’s signature eye black during a interview, that featured several extended cheers from Fallon’s Big Apple audience.

“I’m removing used to a New York ovation,” joked Altuve, whose Astros kick a Yankees in 7 games in a American League Championship Series. But he wouldn’t be in New York for prolonged — only prolonged adequate to hang out backstage with a expel of “Stranger Things,” a impassioned Netflix hit, before it was wheels adult behind to H-Town.

Friday, Nov. 3
According to a Houston Chronicle, there were some-more than 750,000 people in assemblage during a Astros parade, some of whom filled a parking garage that ignored a eventuality like an top deck. Altuve was introduced with his teammates on theatre during City Hall and entered to MVP chants. While teammates gave desirous speeches — Josh Reddick even did a Ric Flair impersonation — Altuve looked like a male who hadn’t slept many in days because, well, he hadn’t.

Thank u Houston ??

A post common by Jose Altuve (@josealtuve27) on Nov 3, 2017 during 2:23pm PDT

On stage, he gave a quick, though heartfelt, appreciate you. Through a repute for his agency, he pronounced that “seeing all a fans that went by so many during Harvey” brought him happiness.

That same day, according to his Twitter feed, he showed his appreciation for what a group had achieved by giving any of his teammates a bottle of Crown Royal XR. He tweeted out a print of himself holding a bottle encased in a personalized bag that review “2017 World Series Champions #HoustonStrong.”

And a promotional twitter read: “We took a Crown, now we applaud like Kings with @CrownRoyal XR …”

The Astros had even some-more to applaud on Friday, when, to no one’s surprise, they strictly exercised a $6 million choice on Altuve’s contract, one of baseball’s biggest bargains.

Saturday, Nov. 4
Hope they didn’t celebration too tough — Altuve and teammates George Springer and Carlos Correa headed to Disney World in Orlando for their second march in as many days. Departure was during 6 a.m. A few hours after that, Altuve stood during a front of a float, subsequent a fluttering Mickey in a ball uniform, that trafficked down Disney’s Main Street.

Just carrying fun… pasándola bien un rato #georgespringer #carloscorrea

A post common by Jose Altuve (@josealtuve27) on Nov 4, 2017 during 8:28am PDT

There were copiousness of Astros fans on hand, including a 13-year-old Venezuelan child named Samuel, whom Altuve picked out of a crowd. The child was so impressed by assembly Altuve and receiving a Astros star’s top that he couldn’t stop crying. Another lady begged for a photo. “You’re a pitcher, Jose Altuve!” Close enough.

Four and a half hours later, it was behind on a private jet, that took Altuve behind to New York for a taping of “Saturday Night Live.” He arrived during 5:30 p.m. and spent 7 hours during “SNL,” where he was many vehement to accommodate Miley Cyrus, that night’s low-pitched guest.

Along with Springer and Alex Bregman, Altuve seemed in a “Weekend Update” sketch. Leslie Jones, wearing a Yankees shirt, destined her jokes during Altuve: “That small Altuve, attack all those home runs. The bat is bigger than him.” Then, in a curtsy to Correa proposing to his partner after Game 7, Jones incited to a 5-foot-6 Altuve and said, “Looks like this dude is on one knee right now.” Altuve afterwards sat on Jones’ path as a shred ended.

The dream method for Altuve finished as he stood on theatre during a finish of a uncover subsequent to A-listers Alec Baldwin, Larry David and Cyrus. After midnight, he was on his approach behind to Houston.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Altuve landed in Texas during 3:30 a.m. — only in time for a Sports Illustrated cover fire during 10 a.m., before returning to Minute Maid Park for a promotional coming for Papa John’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. By 3:30 p.m., he was off to Miami, where he resides part-time — prepared for a well-deserved rest after a best week of his life.

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