Down 5-0 at one point, the Houston Astros stormed back to defeat the Kansas City Royals for their seventh straight win on a walk-off homer by slugger Yordan Alvarez on the 4th of July. Alvarez obliterated the baseball, sending it 444 feet into the right-field seats at 112.6 MPH. It was the first career walk-off of Alvarez’ career.
After the game, the Astros’ towering slugger was asked if the moment was a special one, being the first of his career. Here’s Alvarez’ reply, per Mark Berman of Fox 26.
Alvarez calls game for Houston.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) July 4, 2022
Yordan Alvarez says his game-winning home run is special for him: “Yeah definitely. That’s my first walk-off in the Major Leagues. Obviously being able to pull this one out is very special.” pic.twitter.com/xF1Q1kHwN8
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 5, 2022
Alvarez said that the home run against the Royals was “definitely very special.” Immediately after the game, the Astros slugger said in the on-field interview that he and his teammates didn’t want the game to go into extra innings.
They knew someone was going to have to step up. Step up, Alvarez did. The Astros star now owns 24 home runs on the season, a mark that earns him a spot in the Houston record books.
With 24 dingers in 79 games, Alvarez now owns the fourth-most of any Astros player through the first 80 games of a season, joining the likes of Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and George Springer, per ESPN Stats and Info.
The Astros signed Alvarez, 25, to a six-year, $115 million contract extension back in June. It’s safe to say that he’s earning the hefty paycheck already, having taken home American League Player of the Month honors right after signing the dotted line on the deal.
Monday’s baseball-launching may have been Alvarez’ first walk-off. It’s safe to say that it won’t be his last.