José Altuve is the first since Buster Posey to do this in a season

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José Altuve is the first since Buster Posey to do this in a season

The Astros and Giants had seemingly opposite seasons in 2017. While the Astros won their first World Series title in franchise history, the Giants put together a historically bad season with a 64-98 record. 

Of all the Astros, José Altuve enjoyed the greatest season of them all. And one Giant can relate to the 5-foot-6 slugger. 

Altuve became just the eighth player in Major League Baseball history to win a batting title, MVP and World Series all in the same year. The last to do so was Buster Posey in 2012, the second of his three titles with the Giants.

In 2012, Posey hit .336 to win the batting title. He then received 422 voting points to edge out Ryan Braun (285) to win the National League MVP. 

Altuve hit 10 points higher than Posey at .346 to win the 2017 batting title. But, Altuve received less voting points (405) than Posey to beat rookie Aaron Judge (279). 

Kevin Durant: 'Steph Curry is the face of the franchise'

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Kevin Durant: 'Steph Curry is the face of the franchise'

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When Kevin Durant signed on to join the Warriors before the 2016-17 season, chatter started up on if he would become of the new face of the franchise. Just ask Durant himself though, and he'll turn right to the two-time MVP. 

“Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, and that helps me out, because I don't have to,” Durant said to GQ Magazine.

In Golden State, Durant can take a step back and do everything as a collective whole with all the Warriors' star power. And that includes being a leader. 

“I don't want to have to be the leader. I'm not a leader," Durant said. "I'm bad at saying, ‘Stand behind me and follow me.’ No. I'm one of those guys that's just like, ‘Let's do this shit together. Let's just work everybody together. I don't mind being on the front line with you, but let's come and do it together.’"

Don't think that means Durant shys away from a leadership role. It's just not in the same way as Curry and Draymond Green, among others, and Durant certainly appreciates he can just be who he is. 

"That's my way of leadership. I'm leading by example.”

Since joining the Warriors, Durant has been named an All-Star and won his first championship and NBA Finals MVP, all while averaging 25 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Durant: 'I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol'

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Durant: 'I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol'

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The shot will forever be remembered in Warriors history. Scratch that, the shot will forever be remembered in NBA history. 

“I made the game-winning shot in the finals against my f---ing idol," Kevin Durant said to GQ Magazine. "Somebody that I really, really, really followed since I was a ninth-grade high schooler. I felt like he was passing the torch to me.”

With 52 second left in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and the Warriors trailing the Cavaliers, 113-111, Kevin Durant grabbed a rebound from an errant 3-point attempt. He dribbled down the left-side of the court and squared up LeBron James behind the 3-point line with 47 second left. 

Swish. At 45.7 seconds, the ball perfectly went through the net and gave the Warriors a 114-113 lead. Game. Set. Match. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals and went on to win it all in five games. 

“That was the best moment I ever had," Durant said. 

Durant went on to win NBA Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.