The Astros initially declined to comment for this piece. After this story was published, the team released a statement in which they did not deny Brandon Taubman's comments, and insisted he was 'supporting the player during a difficult time.' Multiple journalists have corroborated Sports Illustrated's reporting. HOUSTON — More than an hour after José Altuve won the Astros the pennant, the party in the Houston clubhouse still raged. Rightfielder Josh Reddick was crushing vodka Red Bulls.
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