Jose Altuve is continuing to make his case as one of the greatest postseason hitters of all time.
The Houston Astros second baseman blasted a leadoff home run in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series agianst the Atlanta Braves for his 22nd career postseason home run.
The dinger moved Altuve into a tie with Yankees great Bernie Williams for second place all time on the postseason home run list. He trails only Manny Ramirez, who hit 29 postseason home runs in his career.
Following the home run, Astros manager Dusty Baker made sure to remind Altuve of the accomplishment he just achieved, as he signaled to him with two fingers up in the air.
Altuve has actually struggled a bit this postseason, entering Wednesday with a .178 batting average and coming off an 0-for-5 Game 1. But his hits seem to come in big spots as he led off the game with a double and scored before punctuating the 7-2 win with a home run to even the series for the Astros.
“Well, he’s good,” Baker told reporters after the game. “When you’re good, you’ve just got to — I don’t know. That’s what professionals do. When you know you can play, you have to. I mean, you have no choice. My dad used to tell me, ‘It’s OK to get down, just don’t stay down.’ So, he didn’t stay down.”
Altuve, who has tormented the Yankees his whole career, had passed Derek Jeter earlier in the postseason as he now stands alongside another staple of the 90s dynasty with Williams.
“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 told reporters afterward. “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.”