He is the best player in baseball. But according to Houston Astros’ President Reid Ryan, “As good as Jose Altuve is as a player, he is an even better man.” The 5’6″ second baseman just led the Astros to their first World Series Championship in the 56-year history of the franchise. Three times, he has led the American League in hitting. He’s a four-time All-Star. But before he was a great ballplayer, he was a man of great faith. This is that story.
I could tell there was something different about Altuve the first time I met him. I was attending an Astros game the day he was introduced to the crowd at Minute Maid Park. I was sitting two rows behind him. After he waved to the crowd, I ran up the stairs and found the nearest gift shop, where I purchased a Major League baseball. Then I returned to my seat and waited for my opportunity. I asked Altuve to sign my ball, which he was very happy to do. He could not have been nicer.
I could tell there was something different about Altuve the second time I met him. I stood in line at a popular sports outdoor shop to have him sign my Astros jersey. Again, he could not have been nicer.
It is obvious that Jose Altuve loves baseball and the fans of Houston. But what many don’t know is why.
But now we know why, because Altuve is telling his story. In a recently released video, he said, “I grew up in a family that always told me that to achieve success, we needed to have God first. To achieve success wasn’t to get to the major leagues or have the best season in the world. The best success is to live your life the way God wants you to. If you can do that, if you can be good with God, then I think you will have success in your life.”
Altuve also talked about the importance of prayer.
“We need to not just ask God but thank Him for everything like our health and our family. And we need to ask Him to bless our homes and to always be present in our daily lives, and to keep us safe.”
As for team unity, Jose praised his clubhouse atmosphere. “We’re more than a team; we are a family,” he says. “We all get along great and that’s really very important.”
Jose Altuve is baseball’s Most Valuable Player. He is having a career like few others. He is on pace to go down as perhaps the greatest Astro ever – in the company of legends such as Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and Nolan Ryan. But Jose Altuve is more than a ballplayer. He is a family man . . . and he is God’s man.