Houston Astros have major fail for Jose Altuve autograph ball giveaway on Twitter

  • David Whitlock

The Houston Astros have been a punching bag in both the American and National Leagues for the past four years.  As the team rebuilt from the Biggio-Bagwell-Berkman, so called “Killer B” era (punctuated with a pennant 10 years ago), mostly AAA talent and discounted free agents have filled their roster these past season.  Most pundits around the league feel like they’ve turned the corner to be competitive.  One of their main finds has been two-time All-Star 2B Jose Altuve, who became the first Astros player ever to win a batting title in 2014, batting .341 and leading the league with 225 hits.  You would think with all this excitement, their fans would be stoked at the chance of winning an autographed ball by their superstar.  You would  be wrong.  A Twitter post to give away the ball failed to get their preset retweet trigger, thus going back into the Astros memorabilia vault to a later date (via CBS Eye on Baseball)

Market value appears to be around $25 (for this Ebay listing, which lacked his number below the signature).  Alas, they had to pull back the offer.

Fan interest is always a lagging indicator, if their next generation of superstars like Altuve, George Springer, Jon Singleton, and Carlos Correa all reach their high ceiling of talent, the joke could be on the rest of the league.

– David Whitlock

Editors Note: The author of this article lives in Houston and already possesses a Jose Altuve autographed ball.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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