J.J. Watt sends Jose Altuve wine for potential World Series celebration
The Astros are one win away from another World Series title, and Texans star J.J. Watt clearly expects Houston’s MLB team to seal the deal.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve shared in an Instagram story how Watt has sent a preemptive congratulatory gift to him: Two bottles of wine from Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley.
GOOD LUCK, JOSE: From one Houston athlete to another, Texans star @JJWatt sent Astros' Jose Altuve a special message ahead of Game 6 of the World Series.#WorldSeries #TakeItBack #Houston #Astros https://t.co/GaPxBrliKC— Katherine Marchand (@KatherineMABC13) October 29, 2019
Watt also passed along a note to Altuve with the pricey vino, which retail on the vineyards’ website for $180 per bottle.
“Just wanted to drop off a little gift to say ‘Thank You’ for all the entertainment this season,” Watt wrote in the note, per Houston’s ABC13. “You are truly an inspiration to myself and so many people. One bottle is for you and your wife to enjoy … and the other is for celebrating after you bring home another trophy.”
After falling behind 2-0 in the World Series showdown with the Washington Nationals, the Astros head into Tuesday night’s Game 6 at Minute Maid Park with a 3-2 series edge. Should the Nationals win Game 6, the teams will play a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday night, again in the Astros’ home ballpark.
Anything can obviously happen in the next two games, so Watt’s gift could end up not only being embarrassingly premature but also viewed as a potential jinx for any Astros fan who succumbs to such silly superstitions.
That said, the gift of wine and inspiring note was a thoughtful gesture from Watt, especially given the recent bad news concerning the Texans star. Watt has been declared out for the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders.
The fact that Watt took time to send best wishes to Altuve amid yet another disappointing season-ending injury certainly showcases the Texans defensive lineman’s routinely heralded class.