One side of the stupidest Houston Astros conspiracy idea (we hope) has been resolved. Jose Altuve does certainly have a tattoo on his left collarbone, giving Carlos Correa’s unhealthy tattoo protection some legitimacy.
The 29-year-old Altuve revealed his tattoo Monday in dramatic trend. With reporters gathered close to Altuve’s locker, Altuve eliminated his shirt to indicate everybody he really had a tattoo.
The complete play-by-play:
A scrum shaped round Carlos Correa’s locker, which is adjoining to Jose Altuve’s. Altuve entered the clubhouse, observed and eliminated his shirt, inserting it over his left shoulder. He walked to his locker — and the scrum — and took the shirt off his shoulder.
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In the event you don’t know why this instantly issues, you ought to be grateful. The Altuve tattoo state of affairs turned a narrative after Correa recommended Altuve didn’t need his teammates to rip off his jersey following his American League Championship Collection walk-off dwelling run as a consequence of a “horrible” tattoo.
Rumors that the Astros used digital buzzers to steal indicators in 2019 haven’t been confirmed, however Altuve’s actions following that dwelling run have fueled that hypothesis. As Altuve rounded third base, he advised teammates to not rip off his jersey. After crossing the plate, Altuve instantly bumped into the Astros’ clubhouse and altered shirts. Throughout a post-game interview with Ken Rosenthal, Altuve mentioned his spouse didn’t like it when Astros gamers ripped off Altuve’s jersey.
Twitter sleuthing revealed Altuve did have a tattoo on his left collarbone in the course of the World Collection, so any conspiracy theories about Altuve going out and getting a tattoo to cowl Correa’s lie are unfounded.
The query that remained, nevertheless, is what was so horrible in regards to the tattoo that Altuve was ashamed to indicate it? Due to Monday’s reveal, we now know that Altuve’s tattoo reads “Melanie.” That’s Altuve’s daughter’s title.
That doesn’t sound “horrible” as Correa recommended, although there are causes Altuve would need that tattoo coated up. It’s attainable the title was initially not spelled accurately or the tattoo artist put the flawed title on Altuve’s chest. It’s additionally attainable Altuve desires his daughter to keep up some degree of privateness. These aren’t probably the most convincing explanations for Altuve not wanting his shirt ripped off, however they’re believable.
So, the place does this go away us? The one factor confirmed early Monday is that Altuve didn’t run out to get a shock tattoo. We nonetheless don’t know if Correa’s “horrible” tattoo protection holds water, and we don’t know why Altuve can be embarrassed to let that tattoo be seen in the course of the ALCS.
Solutions may not be far off. Altuve is scheduled to talk with the media following the team’s workout Monday. That interview ought to set an MLB file for many questions requested a few participant’s tattoo.
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