Astros’ George Springer Wore Mic During ASG Because He Wanted to Inspire Fellow Stutterers (Video)
George Springer is having a career year. A little over halfway through the season, the Houston Astros right fielder is hitting .310/.380/.613 with 27 home runs and a 4.1 wins above replacement. He’s a big reason why the Astros currently have the best record in the American League, and was very deserving of his spot in the starting lineup for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.
However, Springer isn’t just a great baseball player. He’s also a great role model. Ever since arriving in the big leagues back in 2014, the 27-year-old has been very open about the fact that he speaks with a stutter. When Springer was asked to wear a microphone and do an on-field interview with Joe Buck and John Smoltz during the All-Star Game, he jumped at the chance.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 12, 2017
Springer has volunteered his services as a spokesperson for The Stuttering Association for the Young since 2014. After the game he told reporters he just wants to set a positive example and show fellow stutterers that they don’t need to be ashamed.
“I can’t spread a message to kids and adults if I’m not willing to put myself out there,” Springer said. “I understand I’m going to stutter. I don’t care. It is what it is. It’s not going to stop me from talking and having fun.”
— Dolores A. Lozano (@doloresalozano) July 12, 2017
George Springer is a high-quality person.
Hat Tip – [theScore]