Astros' Jose Altuve gets jersey ripped off after game-winning homer vs. Yankees
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Houston Astros star Jose Altuve put an exclamation point on the weekend with a walk-off home run against the New York Yankees and fanned the flames of a rivalry that bubbled up again.
Altuve hit a three-run home run to cap a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees. Houston won the game, 8-7.
The symbolism over Altuve’s ripped jersey at the end of the game is what mattered the most.
Astros catcher Martin Maldonado hit a home run and unbuttoned his jersey while heading to third base.
“It was a little hot,” Maldonado said slyly after the game. “Trying to get some air inside my shirt.”
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez opened the door with a home run of his own and a heavy jacket was placed on him in the dugout.
When Altuve hit the game-winning home run, his jersey was completely ripped off.
“It was pretty amazing how Altuve did it again,” Maldonado said after the game. “He’s a guy with a big heart and is the face of this team. He got to the plate we knew something big was going to happen.”
Of the jersey, Chad McCormick said: “It was 100% coming off after that home run.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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