It’s been an eventful couple months for Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.
Not only did the 5’6” second baseman help lead the Astros to their first ever World Series championship on November 1, but also won a plethora of awards for his regular season efforts in 2017. Let’s recap in order:
-American League Hank Aaron Award (10/26)
-American League Most Outstanding Player (11/8)
-Major League Player of the Year (11/8)
-American League Silver Slugger (11/9)
-American League Most Valuable Player (11/16)
On Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Altuve collected yet another piece of hardware, earning the Sportsperson of the Year Award courtesy of Sports Illustrated, sharing the honor with J.J. Watt of the National Football League’s Houston Texans.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 5, 2017
Watt, 28, helped raise more than $37 million for relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey that plagued Houston in late August. Speaking to the Associated Press, Watt said: “It was incredible to see how people from all over the country, people from all over the world, people from all different backgrounds, all different communities came together to support a city and a people that were having the toughest time of their life.”
Altuve, 27, wore a Houston Strong patch on his jersey along with the rest of his teammates following the aftermath of Harvey. “I know for a fact that our city is really strong because after the hurricane they tried to come back and they tried to get better every, single day and that’s what strong people do. That’s why I feel like the strong patch and the Houston Strong was a good name for the people of Houston,” said Altuve.
“I think the World Series gave the people a big smile and hope during the tough time they were getting through. And I feel really happy that we did it because they really deserved it,” added Altuve.
The Sportsperson of the Year Award has been issued each year since 1954 “to honor a player, coach or team who has best exhibited athletic achievement and sportsmanship on and off the field.”
Extremely well deserved for both individuals. The city of Houston was hit and hit hard; but Altuve and Watt used their platform as professional athletes to make things a little better within the community. If them sharing the award isn’t fitting, what is?