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Jose Altuve: Fewer Butterflies For Team’s Second World Series Appearance

The Astros star second baseman and his teammates discuss the World Series, which begins tonight at Minute Maid Park.

Jose Altuve Talks to Reporters
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve talks to reporters during media day for the 2019 World Series.

Astros star Jose Altuve says there will be fewer butterflies when he and teammates take the field tonight for Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals. 

For him and many of his teammates, this will be their second time on baseball’s biggest stage in just three seasons.

“We know how loud it’s going to be at the stadium,” he said. “We know how important it is to make every play. We know what we’re facing. The atmosphere is going to be really good. The games are going to be intense. And I can’t wait to win another one.”

Altuve and his fellow Astros addressed reporters at Minute Maid Park Monday during World Series media day.

George Springer Talks to Reporters
Astros outfielder George Springer talks to reporters during media day for the 2019 World Series.

George Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP, agreed with Altuve but added that every game is also different.

“I don’t ever think we’ve played the same game twice…every game is new,” Springer said. “But understanding the failures, understanding the success will help you. And you just have to try and honestly apply it to whatever situation that you’re in.”

This year’s team won a franchise record 107 games. Its pitching staff was dominant behind aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. And the team achieved a remarkable strikeout statistic: its pitchers recorded the most strikeouts and its hitters struck out the fewest times in the league — the first time that’s happened in MLB history.

So, some might argue the 2019 Astros are even better than the team that won it all in 2017. But why are they so good? Key player acquisitions like Cole and outfielder Michael Brantley are surely part of the equation.

Carlos Correa
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa talks to reporters during media day for the 2019 World Series.

But, for star shortstop Carlos Correa, it’s the feeling of defeat in the 2018 playoffs to the eventual champion Boston Red Sox that has driven the team’s success.

“You can do two things,” Correa said. “You can sit down and whine about it and complain about it and talk about why and all that stuff. Or you can do something about it and work even harder and try to get better as a team. And I feel like that’s what we did this Spring Training — this whole year. And I think that’s why we’re here in the World Series.”

The series begins tonight at Minute Maid Park. First pitch is at 7:08.

MORE: Jeff Balke previews the World Series on Monday’s Houston Matters

Championship Ring Statue
An oversized replica of the Astros 2017 championship ring outside Minute Maid Park.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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