Mark Wahlberg is willing to make a sacrifice for the sake of hating the Yankees.
The 51-year-old actor made his way to the Astros’ Opening Day game against the White Sox, where he told Jose Altuve that he broke his in baseball’s World Classic.
“It’s going to have something to do with my favorite Yankee assassins,” Wahlberg replied to “Play Ball!” when asked how he will give the traditional. call before Thursday’s game.
Venezuela’s Jose Altuve hits a ball while at bat in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
“I’m also willing to give one of my thumbs up to Jose Altuve for sure…I’m a big fan.”
Although the Boston native is a Red Sox fan, he’s been rooting for the Astros lately, especially when they swept the Yankees in the ALCS last season.
In addition to Altuve, Wahlberg also had kind words for Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.
“He’s an amazing guy and he’s also my favorite Yankee killer,” Wahlberg told reporters before the game. “I’ve been a big fan of his for a while. We became close friends. I’m just here to help him. I was rooting all the way, of course, when my Red Sox were out, you know, I was on the Astros bandwagon. Of course, once the Yankees were taken out, he became my favorite Yankee killer.”
Wahlberg Field before the Astros and White Sox square off on Opening DayMLB Photos via Getty Images
“I’m an Astros fan,” Wahlberg continued. “Listen, I live in Nevada now, I’m a fan of real talent. And, you know what, they’ve got an incredible team, and he’s got incredible talent, but he’s also a wonderful person, so I’m a huge fan of his, especially.”
As for Altuve, Wahlberg’s friendly gesture won’t do him any good.
He is out indefinitely and will likely miss at least two months.