HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Justin Verlander married his fiancé, Kate Upton, in Italy. Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, on the field in the minutes following Game 7 of the World Series. Altuve, George Springer and Correa visited Disney World.
HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Justin Verlander married his fiancé, Kate Upton, in Italy. Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, on the field in the minutes following Game 7 of the World Series. Altuve, George Springer and Correa visited Disney World. And Joe Musgrove and Correa brightened some patients' days at Houston hospitals.
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The Astros certainly have been active in the two weeks since their World Series triumph over the Dodgers. No player, though, has been living it up as much as 23-year-old third baseman Alex Bregman, who might as well print some "U.S. Tour 2017" T-shirts.
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"It's been crazy. I went up to New York and did [Saturday Night Live] and Good Morning America and did some other stops, like ESPN, then came back down here," Bregman said Thursday before signing autographs for hundreds of fans at a Houston-area Academy Sports + Outdoors store. "The parade was definitely the highlight, just seeing all the fans. Being able to celebrate the World Series with them was super special for everyone on our team. It's been a blast and it definitely motivates everybody on our team to come back and do it again next year."
Bregman's busy post-Fall Classic schedule has taken him from Houston to New York and Baton Rouge, La. And next week he'll return home to Albuquerque, N.M., to spend Thanksgiving and be recognized by his hometown.
"I said, 'Hey, can I get on your calendar for breakfast?'" Astros manager A.J. Hinch joked.
Bregman and teammate Will Harris, both of whom played at LSU, were recognized at halftime of LSU's football game last week in Baton Rouge. When making the four-hour drive from Houston to LSU, Bregman said he stopped off at a small gas station in southeast Texas and felt some Astros love.
"Two old men came up drinking their coffee and were like, 'Hey man, congrats on the World Series,'" Bregman said. "We've got Astros fans all over the state and we love those guys. The support's been unbelievable."
In addition to joining Altuve and Springer on Saturday Night Live, where he met singer Miley Cyrus, Bregman made an appearance at the New York Stock Exchange. He was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. He took up Houston rapper Paul Wall on his offer for a free "grillz" mouth jewelry, which says "World Champs" in gold. Last week, Bregman took the ceremonial "first shot" before a Rockets game and missed it.
"The whole last two weeks has been a blur," said Bregman, whose parents used to own the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA's Developmental League. "Shooting the free throw at the basketball game and it rimmed out -- bummer. It's been a lot of fun."
On Wednesday, Bregman will throw out the first pitch to open the Albuquerque Sports Complex.
"It's going to be special to return home to Albuquerque and enjoy it with them," he said.
In his first full year in the big leagues, Bregman hit .284 with 19 homers and 71 RBIs and had a memorable postseason which included a pair of homers off Chris Sale in the American League Division Series and homers off Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen in the World Series, in addition to a walk-off single off Jansen in Game 5.
Despite his busy schedule, Bregman said he started working out Monday as he begins to look ahead to 2018.
"I'm so thankful for all the support all year long," he said.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.