Jose Altuve has batted his way into the Major League Baseball history books…
During Game 2 of the World Series, the 31-year-old Venezuelan professional baseball player and Houston Astros second baseman hit a home run off a first-pitch fastball from Drew Smyly, leading off the bottom of the seventh by sneaking a fly ball just inside the left-field pole for a 7-2 Astros lead.
It was Altuve’s 22nd career home run in the postseason, tying him with Bernie Williams for second on the all-time list.
The two trail behind Manny Ramirez‘s 29 postseason homers.
While Williams did it in 121 games, Altuve has required just 75. Altuve had struggled in the ALCS, hitting .125 (although with two home runs), and then went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Game 1.
He then turned around and gave Houston two big swings in Game 2 on Wednesday night — including an historic one.
“To hit 22 homers in the playoffs and tie him — always every time that my name is mentioned, before it was Derek Jeter, now it’s Bernie Williams — it means a lot to me,” Altuve said. “It makes me keep going out there, hitting homers to help my team, to keep accomplishing things like this. As long as we win, everything’s good.”
José Altuve has tied Bernie Williams for the 2nd-most HR in #postseason history.
They only trail Manny Ramirez (29). pic.twitter.com/XRBT2EnRyC
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 28, 2021
Overall, the 2017 American League MVP Award winner is Houston’s all-time leader in postseason hits (88), runs (66) and home runs (22), and this year, he became the fastest player in MLB history to hit 20 postseason home runs when he went deep in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.