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Houston Astros fan who hugged Jose Altuve charged with criminal trespass

The Houston man arrested and charged with a misdemeanor after running onto the field and approaching the Astros’ star second baseman during Game 2 of the ALCS is scheduled to appear in court the same day as the start of the World Series.

Astros Fan Altuve
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Security remove a fan on the field in between the eighth and ninth innings in Game 2 of baseball’s American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Houston.

Jose Alvarado has gotten closer to the postseason action than most Astros fans, running onto the field last week and giving a hug to Houston’s star second baseman.

But on Friday, when the team returns to Minute Maid Park for the start of the World Series, Alvarado is scheduled to be at a Harris County courthouse and not at the downtown ballpark.

Alvarado, a 27-year-old Houston man, was arrested last Thursday after getting onto the field and interacting with the Astros’ Jose Altuve during Game 2 of the American League Championship series against the New York Yankees. The next day, Alvarado was charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, according to Harris County court records.

"He kind of hugged me and said something like, ‘OK, we better win today, because I spent all my money on the ticket,' " Altuve said after the game, according to the Associated Press. "He pulled his phone from his pocket and tried to take a selfie, and I was ready to take it, but then security guys got there and did their job."

When reached by phone Monday afternoon, the attorney representing Alvarado said she could not comment without first consulting her client. Alvarado was released from jail on a $100 bond, court documents show, and is scheduled to appear Friday morning before Judge Andrew Wright in Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 7.

The Astros were winning 3-2 and warming up for the ninth inning of Game 2 against the Yankees when Alvarado – wearing former Astro Craig Biggio’s white No. 7 jersey from the 1990s era – ran up to Altuve and lifted the second baseman off the ground while giving him a hug. Security personnel from Minute Maid Park then intervened, wrestling Alvarado to the ground before escorting him back off the field.

Altuve stayed on the field to finish the game and said afterward that he knew he would be fine when he saw that the fan approaching him was wearing an Astros jersey.

"I mean, what he did was wrong, but he looked harmless,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “It looked like he was doing it out of love and respect for Altuve. And I think Altuve handled it very well."

The Astros swept the Yankees in the ALCS on Sunday night to improve to 7-0 overall during the 2022 MLB playoffs and advance to the World Series for the second season in a row and the fourth time in six years. They host the Philadelphia Phillies for Game 1 of the World Series at 7:03 p.m. Friday, with Houston seeking its second championship and first since 2017.

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