Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is living proof that big things do come in small packages. He stands only 5’6″ but plays like a giant on the baseball diamond. He has been a mainstay on the Houston Astros for seven years now. He and one of Houston’s other Al-Star players Carlos Correa form the best Double-Play combo in all of Major League Baseball.

It’s been a magical year for both Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. The Astros won three consecutive elimination games against the most-storied programs in baseball history. They beat the Boston Red Sox in Game Three to win the Division Championship. Then they beat the New York Yankees in Game Seven to win the League Series Championship. Finally, they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road in Game Seven to win the World Series. It was the Houston Astros first ever championship.

Jose Altuve from day one of Spring Training to the final out on that early November night in Los Angeles was a huge part of the Houston Astros success in becoming World Series Champions. He said, “When I got to that first Spring Training day, it felt different, I knew this was going to be our year to win the World Series.”

He did his part to make sure those words came true. He had league leading .346 batting average. He stole 32 bases. He had 24 home runs and 81 runs batted in, along with 204 hits. Moreover, he stayed on fire during the playoffs. In those seventeen games he hit for a .310 batting average and that was against the best pitchers n baseball. He also had 7 home runs, 14 runs batted in, 2 stolen bases, and scored 14 runs.

Jose Altuve was justly rewarded yesterday, by winning in a landslide victory, being named the 2017 American League Most Valuable Player!

Yes the shortest man in baseball, who came from Venezuela, and was cut from his first major league tryout – the man that put the City of Houston, ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, on his back and carried them to a World Series Championship. He has earned what the fans kept chanting during the playoffs – MVP! MVP!

Congratulations Jose Altuve! You have forever endured yourself with the heart of Houston.

Cary Michael Cox