It's hard not to root for second baseman Jose Altuve. At five-foot-five, he's one of the shortest major leaguers around, which ups the cuteness angle, but it doesn't affect his range in the field. Plus the dude can hit, something the Astros sorely need, and he knows — well, let's say he's learning — how to take walks, which he can quickly turn into doubles with his base-stealing ability. He's a bright spot in another dismal Astro season, and he's only 22.

Root Memorial Square Basketball Court

Located across the street from Toyota Center in Downtown Houston, Root Memorial is hopping with activity at most every time of the morning, afternoon or evening. Anytime there is an event at the arena, you can stop and watch a serious pick-up game. There is always someone shooting around at Root, and you never know when you could be witnessing a future NBA all-star honing his skills.

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