The Astros didn’t let Aaron Choose’s troll of Jose Altuve go with out a response— getting the final giggle in emphatic style.
After hitting a walk-off dwelling run to beat the Yankees 8-7 on Sunday at Minute Maid Park, Altuve was the final one standing — together with his shirt off, a scene he didn’t enable to occur when he hit one other walk-off homer to sink the Yankees within the 2019 ALCS, which led many to take a position he was carrying a buzzer.
Aaron Choose had mocked Altuve on Saturday evening after hitting a homer, tugging at his jersey like Altuve had in 2019 when the Astros second baseman instructed teammates to not rip off his jersey whereas celebrating. However the Astros had a solution early and late Sunday, with catcher Martin Maldonado flattening his collar to reveal his buzzer-less chest after hitting a solo homer within the third inning earlier than Altuve socked the game-winner.
“One thing humorous, I used to be watching a [UFC] battle final evening. The man that received the battle [Dustin Poirier] mentioned, ‘Karma isn’t a bitch, it’s a mirror,’ ” Maldonado mentioned. “I might say Altuve, the man has executed it for a few years. Seeing him on the market, when he bought to the plate, we knew one thing massive was going to occur.”
Altuve didn’t converse to reporters after the sport, as an alternative leaving the park to be together with his father within the hospital, in accordance with the Astros.
An MLB investigation discovered no proof that Altuve was carrying a buzzer in 2019, however the back-and-forth was nonetheless alive and properly this weekend in Houston — the Yankees’ first time taking part in there because the ALCS loss.
After Choose had chalked his celebration as much as reminding his teammates to “button up” contained in the “chilly” dome, Maldonado performed alongside when requested about his response.
“It’s somewhat sizzling,” Maldonado mentioned. “I used to be attempting to get some air into my shirt. That was it.”
Earlier than their ninth-inning meltdown, the Yankees leaned into Choose’s “chilly” bit, greeting Tim Locastro and Gary Sanchez with jackets after they returned to the dugout after hitting dwelling runs.
However Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone had little time for the antics traded between the 2 groups.
“I actually don’t even have any curiosity,” he mentioned. “We coughed up a 7-2 lead. I don’t suppose it had something to do with any of the issues — the additional stuff persons are speaking about.”
Astros supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned earlier than the sport that he thought Choose’s celebration was “flawed,” however was glad to see Altuve — who hit a go-ahead homer off Chad Inexperienced at Yankee Stadium in Could — ship in opposition to Inexperienced once more Sunday.
“Allow them to have a good time. Allow them to social gathering, as a result of we’ve been down the previous couple of video games,” Baker mentioned. “Jose Altuve beat them in New York with the homer and he beat them right now.”