Houston Astros star Jose Altuve opened up about the not-so-warm welcome the team received when they visited the New York Yankees this week.
The Astros, who haven't visited the Bronx since they were implicated in a cheating scandal at the end of 2019, were viciously booed from the start of their three-game series.
On the field, the Yankees took the first two games of the three-game set before the Astros scratched out a win in the series finale Thursday.
The Astros were disciplined by the league in 2020 following an investigation into sign-stealing during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, a stretch that included their run to winning the 2017 World Series. The Astros defeated the Yankees in that year's American League Championship Series.
Among their methods for conveying information about opposing teams' signs was banging on trash cans, a motif that Yankees fans capitalized on throughout the series.
Altuve, who was named the AL MVP that year over an equally deserving Aaron Judge, bore the brunt of the heckling from fans (warning: NSFW).
But apparently, the hate fueled Altuve, who hit a three-run home run on Thursday (his 31st birthday) that put the Astros on top.
If all of the drama wasn't enough the first time, the two teams are set to meet again in Houston for a three-game series July 9-11.