New Britain’s George Springer Opens Up On World Series, MVP, ‘SNL’
Via Hartford Courant
It has been a crazy week but that’s what happens when your team wins the World Series and you’re named Most Valuable Player.
“It’s been a nonstop go but it’s the best nonstop go I could ever have,” Houston Astros outfielder George Springer told The Courant one week after his two-run home run in a 5-1 Game 7 victory helped solidify the organization’s first World Series title.
Since walking off the field at Dodger Stadium, Springer, the 28-year old New Britain native and former UConn star, along with teammates Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, were honored with a victory parade at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. There was also a parade for the team in Houston.
The same day of the Disney parade, Springer showed up in a skit on “Saturday Night Live” with Leslie Jones, Altuve and Alex Bregman.
“It’s been awesome, man” Springer said. “I don’t know if I have anything else planned for a few more days but I think I’m going to sit on the couch and watch every football game starting on Thursday until Monday night. That’s all I’ve got planned.”
Ohio State, the Huskies, of course, and the Patriots head the list.
The 2017 All-Star probably deserves some time to relax. After hitting a mere .115 in the seven-game series with the Yankees with no extra base hits, he opened the World Series 0-for-4 for with four strikeouts in Game 1. But when it was all said and done, Springer finished with a .379 batting average after clubbing a series-record tying five home runs while setting a series record with 29 total bases.
“To have an opportunity to play in the World Series is what every player wants; that’s what every player dreams of,” Springer said. “And for us to be able to do what our team did and to have to go through Fenway, New York, L.A., to kind of accomplish what our team did for the city is something special.”
Houston and the surrounding area was devastated this year by Hurricane Harvey, now recognized as the costliest hurricane on record.
“The city, the people, deserved a championship and I think the city really needed it,” Springer said. “For us to go out and provide that is obviously an honor but it’s all about the fans, man. The city has been behind us 1,000 percent. The playoff games here were incredible.”
Springer will adorn the cover of Sports Illustrated once again — this time along with Altuve. In the cover photo, Altuve is holding the World Series trophy while Springer holds a copy of the 2014 Sports Illustrated issue in which he was featured. In the issue, SI predicted the 2017 Astros would win the World Series.
“I said before either that guy [writer Ben Reiter] has a crystal ball or that’s just the biggest coincidence of all time but it is incredible, absolutely incredible that 1, it happened and 2, the organization has come that far in three short years.”
But the Astros are built for long-term success with Springer, a star on a team of stars, as one of the centerpieces.
“We’re basically going to be the same team starting in 2018 except for maybe a couple guys,” Springer said. “For us to have played another year with each other to get that experience is obviously huge and on top of it we’ve all now played as far as you can possibly play into a World Series, into the final game, to understand what it takes to get there. We now understand the grind, the grueling aspect of a 162-plus-20 more games season. This is a team I believe is built to have long term success but this is a crazy game. A lot can happen so now in 2018 we’re just going to start all over again.”
First, Springer will be starting something new in 2018t.
“I’m taking the plunge,” he said, laughing.
He and fiancé Charlise Castro are getting married in January – but not in Connecticut.
“California, it’s a little too cold in Connecticut in January,” Springer said.
Springer said he’s not sure when he’ll be coming back to Connecticut but he certainly had some thoughts he wanted to share with the folks back home.
“The most important thing I want to say is thank you,” he said. “I’ve gotten a ton of support from a great city. I’m very proud to be from there. They packed a truck, the city and the state got behind that and they sent a lot of stuff down here to help a lot of people. That was a special time and now the support I’ve gotten from a lot of people back home means the world to me and my family so, I do want to say thank you.”
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