Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa had a message for the New York Yankees and the rest of the American League on Saturday night after the team won Game 6 of the ALCS 6-4 to advance to the World Series.
"It's a great series. We knew they had a great team," Correa told ESPN's Buster Olney. "Like they call themselves, they're savages. But in this jungle called the American League, we're the apex predator."
Jose Altuve was the hero Saturday night, blasting a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the Astros to the World Series, where they'll face the Washington Nationals. Altuve, the ALCS MVP, hit .348 with two homers, three RBI and six runs.
Though Correa hit just .182 with two homers, five RBI, two runs and a stolen base, he had his hero moments. In Game 2, he saved a run with a savvy play in the field in the sixth inning, only to later hit a walk-off solo home run in the 11th.
He also blasted a three-run homer in the the team's 8-3 win in Game 4.
As for the Yankees, it was the second time in three years their season ended in the ALCS against the Astros. And for Aaron Judge, Saturday's loss defined the entirety of the team's season.
"It's a failure," he said after the game, offering his summation of New York's year, per Randy Miller of NJ.com. "In spring training we talked about winning the division and putting ourselves in a good spot in the postseason and win the World Series, and we came up short. So no matter how many games we won in the regular season or what else we did, it's a failure."
The Yankees won 103 games, a minor miracle considering the incredible rash of injuries they faced in the 2019 campaign. But none of that mattered to Judge after Saturday's heartbreaking loss.
"When it comes down to it, it's black or white," he continued. "Either you did your job and got where you wanted or you didn't. We weren't able to do that. We never really cared about how many guys got hurt. We always got the job done, and this time we didn't get the job done when it counted."
Put another way: Either you are the apex predator or you are the prey.