HOUSTON -- The father of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve saw his son play for the first time as a Major Leaguer on Friday at Minute Maid Park, which the former All-Star said was something that was extremely significant to him.
Altuve said his father, Carlos Altuve, isn't thrilled about flying, but now that he's retired, he decided to fly from his home in Venezuela to see Jose in an Astros uniform.
"That's really important to me," Jose said. "He told me he's going to enjoy his time here and watch me play, even if I get hits or not. He said he's just happy seeing me for the first time playing."
Carlos Altuve was at his son's side earlier in his life during his youth ball days and when he signed with the Astros at 16 years old and began playing in the team's Venezuelan academy.
"He's been giving me support all my life and I appreciate that, and I'm happy here's here with me," Jose said.
Altuve, 23, went 0-for-4 on Friday, and was hoping Saturday would be the day he gets a hit for the first time with dad in the stands.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.