Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve's tattoo on his collarbone was apparently so garish that he made a point to keep his shirt on all the way through the celebrations after winning the 2019 ALCS. His infamous tattoo excuse has become one of the main points Astros haters have used to needle the team in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal. When Altuve stepped up to bat at a Spring Training game, a fan heckled him and gave him quite the new nickname.
Well, the fan really let him have it! Altuve's reasoning for being shy and not wanting his body exposed was a joke. Then the whole tattoo fiasco didn't make things better.
Lying is one thing, but changing the lie makes it much worse.
Altuve, by virtue of being the best player on a 2017 team that took home the World Series title and a leader on a 2019 team that won the American League, is bearing the brunt of the public criticism for the Astros' scandal.
His odd tattoo excuse that looks more flimsy every day is probably what sent the Altuve hate train over the top. Even after the 2020 season, he will hear his fair share of boos.