Yankees fans need to stop blaming Jose Altuve for Astros cheating

Yankees fans need to stop blaming Jose Altuve for Astros cheating

Reggie Jackson shared an elevator the other day with Yankees fans, one of whom was telling his pals how much he despises Jose Altuve.

“I hate that little sawn-off SOB,” the gentleman proudly told his pals.

And that’s where Mr. October, now an Astros executive, came into the conversation.

“He’s my favorite player,” Jackson told the man, before adding a comment. “You should be quiet.”

The guy had a question for Reggie.

“You are Reggie Jackson, aren’t you?”


And so, the guy took Reggie’s advice and shut up.

Now the rest of the Yankees stalwarts should follow suit.

That’s enough punishment for Altuve regarding the Astros’ regrettable shenanigans in their 2017 championship season. If you call it that.

Every time Yankees fans shower Altuve with boos, he responds by punishing the Yankees. He homered on Nestor Cortes’ first pitch on Sunday, then walked twice and stole two bases before the Yankees won a thrilling 6-3, 10-inning late comeback victory in a game-filled four-game series. thrill that ended in a split and served. as a likely ALCS preview.

Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve has had great offensive numbers against the Yankees since 2017.

Altuve now has 10 homers on 99 hits against the Yankees since 2017. So serenading boos obviously doesn’t work.

By this point, it’s well established that while their trophy is undeniably tainted, the 2017 Astros were an incredibly talented team that surely didn’t need any help getting to the playoffs — they were full of the stars you you remember, plus even Joe Musgrove and Theoscar Hernandez. And they remain a superb team only surpassed to this day by the Yankees.

Altuve is the face of the franchise, a longtime local Astro who continues to achieve big hits, so I guess it only makes sense that he bears the brunt of fan frustration. But that’s ridiculous. It’s well known by now that Altuve was one of the few Astros batters who didn’t even take signs stolen via the trash can.

“He didn’t even pick up the signal,” Reggie said.

I didn’t take them, I didn’t want them.

And as for the rumored Altuve being a buzzer beater, everyone around the Astros says it’s BS, that the reason he covered up after taking Aroldis Chapman deep to win it in 2019 is because that he did not wish to be stripped naked on the pitch, as his teammates had already done.

Yeah, I know, for Yankees fans, it’s hard to believe an Astro. But bear with me here:

1) It’s believable that Altuve hits a big homer (he has 23 playoff homers, five more than Mr. October himself);

2) It’s certainly believable that Chapman allows a big home run, and No. 3 is the biggest;

3) It’s completely unbelievable that someone claiming to be Carlos Beltran’s niece (of all the fake people on Twitter she can win the prize) broke this story, because Beltran’s fake relative is by definition even less honest than the real Beltran.

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Yankees fans continue to boo Jose Altuve.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Either way, five years of boos is enough for something Altuve only knew.

It is not deserved, and more precisely, it does not work.

“Our best player is Altuve,” Reggie said. “And he’s a prince of a guy.”

If you keep score, there are only five 2017 Astros left. And the Yankees employ three 2017 Astros — super utility Marwin Gonzalez plus two in the broadcast booth, Beltran and Cameron Maybin.

“They’re giving Marwin a roll call, and they FU Altuve, and Marwin is the reason we won the World Series,” an Astros player noted, recalling Gonzalez’s key shots that helped beat the Dodgers in this World Series.

Beltran remains the only ex-2017 to admit the Astros’ title should be starred, and he did so while receiving a paycheck from the Yankees as a YES Network broadcaster. Beltran is the only player named in the MLB report. (Again, not Altuve!)

I understand on some level. The Astros continue to be a thorn and an obstacle. They are actually the AL obstacle in the Yankees battle story.

They are by far the two best teams in the league, and while the Yankees have played considerably better so far, it won’t mean much if they can’t beat Houston anymore.

Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve
Robert Sabo for NY POST

Three years in the last seven years, the Astros have knocked out the Yankees in the playoffs, and while it’s hard to tell someone’s got their number, not when they’re on a 117-game winning streak and they’re just split this series, it would be pretty depressing if the Astros do it to the Yankees again.

At that point, the Yankees should ask themselves: Do we have a problem in Houston?

Reggie, a longtime Bay Area resident and Golden State Warriors fan, recalls telling Warriors owner Joe Lacob and coach Steve Kerr when they broke the Bulls’ record 72 wins that it wouldn’t mean anything if they couldn’t finish the job. They didn’t, and they don’t.

The Warriors won four more championships, and they surely know now that the title is what matters.

“Everything else is preamble. … It’s window dressing,” Reggie said.

No matter how many regular-year wins they rack up, these Yankees need to finish that job.

For now, their fans just need to forget about 2017. And also, stop blaming a guy who didn’t even participate in all the nonsense around him.

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