HOUSTON — Are these Houston Astros one of the best sports activities villains ever?
They are making one heck of a case.
If it’s the American League Championship Series, it should be Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve delivering in enormous, dramatic spots. On Friday night time at their evil lair Minute Maid Park, Correa and Altuve teamed to energy their membership to a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS, giving Houston the 1-0 collection lead.
“Those guys have been together for a long time. They know each other. It’s kind of like Tom Brady and [Rob] Gronkowski,” Astros supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned of Correa and Altuve. “They know how they think. They know probably what they eat for dinner, what they like and what the kids like. It’s a special relationship that will last forever.”
What a dynamic double-play duo, thriving in October for a fifth straight yr (and sixth out of seven), making their many detractors and haters eat their phrases as soon as extra. Correa, the upcoming free-agent shortstop, delivered the game-winning homer, a solo blast to left area off former Met Hansel Robles within the seventh inning, only one body after Altuve tied up the proceedings with a two-run dinger off Tanner Houck that additionally landed within the Crawford Boxes. Altuve additionally drove in an insurance coverage run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly that proved useful when Kiké Hernandez’s second homer of the sport, within the ninth, turned it again right into a one-run contest.
“One day, I just want to be sitting in my house and spending time with my family, open a bottle of wine, and just talking about these beautiful moments that you live playing baseball,” Correa mentioned.
Correa now has hit 18 postseason homers, whereas Altuve can boast of 20, which ties him with newly minted Hall of Famer Derek Jeter for third place all-time. Yes, sure, the trendy gamers prime these lists due to the additional playoff rounds. Stop shaking your fist.
“Derek Jeter is one of the greatest baseball players ever, greatest person to ever play the game, and just to hit as many homers as him, it means a lot to me,” Altuve mentioned.
If Jeter drew a mix of contempt and respect from opposing fan bases, then these Astros — embroiled in one of many greatest dishonest scandals in sports activities historical past after they had been caught illegally stealing opponents’ indicators en path to their 2017 World Series title — obtain way more of the previous and little of the latter. Man oh man, although, do they get it executed yr after yr, and with aptitude.
When Correa launched his game-winner within the seventh inning to christen Houston’s fifth consecutive ALCS look, he tossed his bat to the bottom and pointed on the imaginary watch on his left hand earlier than cupping his ear, as is his customized, whereas rounding the bases. As per ESPN, his round-tripper gave him 4 go-ahead homers within the seventh inning or later of a playoff recreation, surpassing Jeter’s Yankees teammate Bernie Williams and the Angels’ Troy Glaus for probably the most within the sport’s historical past.
“When the playoffs start, they always tell me, ‘It’s your time now to go out there, hit homers,’ this and that,” Correa mentioned. “They told me to hit the watch and when I hit the homer — I did it in Chicago the first time on my own, and today they told me if you hit a homer, hit them with the ‘It’s your time.’ It just happened naturally there.”
Naturally, these two guys delivered once more. Infuriated once more. Have us speaking about them once more.