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By Sunny Cadwallader - Dec 31, 2017

Rejection can be a great motivator.

Tell someone they “can’t”  - they’re too small, too old, too young, too inexperienced -

and they’re motivated to show you they can.

“Can’t" isn’t part of their DNA. They believe in their abilities and won’t stop until they

reach their goals. And reach it, José Altuve, our Athlete of the Year, did with the

Houston Astros in 2017.

On the surface, it may seem like a no-brainer. There were other candidates - Liga

MX Femenil, for one - but none captured the minds and imagination both on and off

the field quite like the 5’5” Altuve.

Altuve played a part in Houston’s recovery process after the devastation of Hurricane

Harvey. It became his mission to do whatever he could for his adopted home.

Not only did Altuve pledge money to recovery efforts, he met and listened to people

in the shelters, post-storm. In November, Altuve joined other current and former

MLB’ers to give back through Habitat for Humanity.

And, there’s that one thing he did in October….hmm…something about the World

Series and MVP and…

How tall are you? You play baseball? You’re the batboy, right?

You name it. José Altuve has heard it throughout his playing career. When a player

doesn’t look the part, they’re bound to hear the word “can’t”. "Everywhere I go, I have

to prove myself,” said Altuve in 2013.

Prove himself he did on the field in 2017. In addition to the Astros’ World Series

championship, Altuve was also named:

- American League MVP
- AL Batting champ
- Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year
- Hank Aaron Award winner    
- Co-Sports Person of the Year by Sports Illustrated with his fellow Houstonian,

J.J. Watt
- AP’s Male Athlete of the Year

Other accolades have flowed toward the Venezuelan. "El pequeño gigante” is what some

call him back home. "The little giant” has proved that old saying rings true: Big things come in small packages.

Altuve may be small in stature, but there is no doubting his big heart.

A big heart that can do anything.

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