Jose Altuve Knocks One Out Of The Park For Young Cancer Patient

Shades of the Babe.

No pressure, right?

A young cancer patient named Dillon asked Astros second baseman Jose Altuve to hit a home run for him during Thursday's game, the New York Daily News reported. Altuve obliged as quickly as possible, swatting a leadoff homer in a 6-3 loss to the Mariners.

Altuve made good on a promise of sorts that has the stuff of legend attached to it. Babe Ruth reportedly promised a boy in the hospital that he would hit a home run for him in Game 4 of the 1926 World Series, and blasted three that day.

As for Altuve's feat, the young Astros star told, "I really like the kid. He was really happy to be here. I hope God blesses him for what he's been through right now."

Before the game, the boy originally asked Altuve for a broken bat from the game, but Altuve signed a new one for him instead. Then, as Alutuve told, Dillon upped his request to "OK, now you're going to hit a homer."

The player told Dillon not to be disappointed if he didn't. Turns out that wasn't necessary.

"As soon as I hit the home run and I got to second base, I remembered what he said," Altuve said.