Jose Altuve blasts off on Aroldis Chapman, sends Astros to World Series on walk-off home run

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Was there any doubt?

The ninth inning of Game 6 of the ALCS was wild. Trailing 4-2 in the top of the ninth, DJ LeMahieu deposited a two-run home run in the right field seats, getting to Astros closer  Roberto Osuna and tying the game 4-4.

Then, magic. 

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With George Springer on first, Jose Altuve launched an absolute, no-doubt-about-it home run to left center off Aroldis Chapman, giving the Astros the ALCS victory and sending Houston to the World Series.

It was only fitting that Aaron Boone was in the opposite dugout, as the Yankee skipper has his own postseason home run which, many moons ago, sent the Yankees to a World Series (which they eventually lost).

But this game was all about the Astros, who beat the Yankees at their own game — a bullpen game — in which many (including yours truly) thought New York had a clear edge. That turned out not to be the case, as Houston pitching held the fort throughout the series, including a Game 6 that saw Houston outpitching and out-maneuvering the Yankees en route to the series victory.

The rules say that players who hit ALCS-clinching home runs have to manage that team one day. So, congrats on your future managing job, Jose!

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