My boyhood team, the Astros, are back in the World Series thanks to Jose Altuve's bottom of the ninth home run against fearsome Yankees reliever Ardolis Chapman.
The 5-6 Altuve, a gracious, modest man, is an old-fashioned sports role model. After his home run Altuve deflected attention from himself, giving sincere thanks to God, his teammates and the Astros' fans.
Now, Altuve leads the Astros into their second World Series in three years. Houston took the championship in 2017, but fell short against the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series last year.
A native of Venezuela who had to fight prejudices against his size to reach the Major Leagues, Altuve has recovered from a knee injury that hampered him in 2018 and for the first part of this season.
The Most Valuable Player award winner in 2017, Altuve is back to full strength, which bodes poorly for the Washington Nationals.
Whether of not the Astros win, Altuve will remain a true sports hero.