‘Mattress Mack,’ an Astros Superfan, Claimed His Defense of Jose Altuve Resulted in A Confrontation with A Phillies Fan

When Gallery Furniture owner and Houston Astros superfan Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale was captured in a verbal argument with Phillies supporters during Game 3 of the World Series, he claimed he was supporting a player from his beloved club.

Jim McIngvale was seen in a video wearing Astros gear and directing some nasty comments toward Philadelphia Phillies supporters. Other people may be seen in the video attempting to control McIngvale. “We were heading out when this drunk elderly man instructed us to take the jerseys off all the Astros and display their buzzers,” McIngvale told the Houston Chronicle.

McIngvale then claimed that he was only protecting an Astros player. “And then he added, ‘Jose Altuve will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame because he is the worst cheater ever,’ and that’s when I lost it,” he explained.

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'Mattress Mack,' an Astros Superfan, Claimed His Defense of Jose Altuve Resulted in A Confrontation with A Phillies Fan

The well-known Houston businessman also stated that numerous team members from his furniture companies who were there at the game with him assisted in keeping him restrained as they departed.

Tensions also rose before Game 3 of the World Series was postponed due to inclement weather. As the Houston Astros’ team bus rolled into the field in Philadelphia, pitcher Justin Verlander was recorded flipping the bird back to a Phillies fan.

The obscene gesture was directed towards Verlander, who returned the favor. During the discussion, Verlander was spotted smiling. He then acknowledged that his motion was entirely in jest. “All of the context, Darren… The entire conversation was in joke, since all of the supporters around you were simply greeting you in their local tongue “Verlander stated on social media.

The same fan returned to the same area where the bus rolled into Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday before the postponed Game 3 to perform the exact same thing. This time, though, Verlander approached the fan and posed for a photo with her.

'Mattress Mack,' an Astros Superfan, Claimed His Defense of Jose Altuve Resulted in A Confrontation with A Phillies Fan

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“Yesterday, as the Astros’ bus pulled into Citizens Bank Park, I was fooling about, throwing the finger to the entire bus, and JV just happened to be the one to see it, so he played along and threw it back to me,” Phillies fan Stephanie Di Ianni told Fox News Digital. “When he got off the bus, everything occurred all over again. I yelled his name, waved, and then gave him the bird once more.”

“So, today, I went to the same location at the same time, and he recognized me from the bus window and began laughing. When he got off the bus, he had a great smile on his face and approached me, signing a ball for me and posing for a few photographs. He was quite nice about it; he was also the one who started the photographs, and he had a fantastic sense of humor about it.”

On Tuesday night, the Phillies utilized the big ball to defeat the Astros 7-0 and grab a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

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