Red Sox: 5 takeaways from ALDS Game 1 against Astros

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Sale
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Sale /
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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Jose Altuve (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Jose Altuve (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Mighty Mouse, Atomic Ant, whatever you choose to call him, Jose Altuve is just really good:

Lastly, you simply have to give credit where credit is due. Jose Altuve is just a phenomenal all-around player. While we talk so much about his height and stature, regardless Altuve remains one of the best players in the game. It’s a gift to watch his ability and boy was it on display at Minute Maid Park today. From his booming home runs off Sale to left center, to his third and final homer off Austin Maddox in the 7th into the Crawford Boxes, Altuve put on a postseason show for the ages.

With his three-HR game today, Altuve joins the likes of the great Pablo Sandoval, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Adam Kennedy, Reggie Jackson, George Brett, Bob Robertson, and Babe Ruth as the only players to hit three home runs in a postseason game.

When Altuve’s name is likely announced as the American League MVP at season’s end, Red Sox fans will look back on today and realize why. If they weren’t aware of Altuve’s greatness before today, they sure as heck are now.

The best thing right now for the Red Sox is that they play again in less than 24 hours. With Pomeranz on the mound they still stand a very good chance of winning. Take Game 2 and head back to Fenway with the series tied and the attitude around this team changes dramatically.

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For now though, we’ll lick our wounds until first pitch tomorrow and try to pretend that we’re still mad at Altuve’s home runs, even though we know they were pretty cool.