World Series Champion and 2017 American League Most Valuable Player Jose Altuve has had the odds stacked against him. Listed at 5’6’’ 165 pounds, he isn’t the most intimidating force. But the little man packs a big punch. Aside from him obvious lack of size, Altuve had other obstacles to overcome.
As a child Altuve would go to the local field with his dad to work on his game, sometimes with only one baseball. With baseball supplies limited in his native Venezuela, it was tough to find a replacement if the ball was lost.
In a segment from the documentary Big Dreams The Jose Altuve Story, Altuve documents his struggle to play the game he loves, and how to get a ball when you don’t have one.
As a kid in Venezuela, Jose Altuve used to have to wait around to hopefully get lucky enough to find a ball to PRACTICE with. And, then he practiced...And, practiced...He went to a MLB tryout as a 5’ 4” 140 lb teenager and got his shot...Today he’s a world champion and MVP. pic.twitter.com/YRIFlDdQgD— Bonda (@BenOndaTop) November 16, 2017
This really puts things in perspective. You don’t need fancy cages or the most up-to-date equipment. You don’t even need to be a monstrous human being to be the best player in the world. All you need is a love for the game and a drive to work hard. Anything can be achieved if you dedicate yourself to the game, regardless of your background.