Astros All-Star George Springer Was Mic’d Up During The All-Star Game To Raise Awareness For Fellow Stutterers
Houston Astros right fielder George Springer made his first All-Star appearance on Tuesday night, as his .310 batting average, 27 home runs, and 61 RBIs is a huge reason why his Astros are atop the American League standings.
For those of you who watched the game, you probably remember the 27-year-old fielding questions from Joe Buck and John Smoltz while playing right field. Springer jumped at the opportunity to be mic’ed up for the game, not because he is a glutton for attention, but because he is a lifelong stutterer and wanted to give inspiration to kids with speech impediments to not be ashamed to speak confidently.
Springer, who is a spokesperson for The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY), claims that his stutter rarely comes out when he is speaking on topics he’s confident about so it wasn’t immediately apparent when talking shop in right field.
His interview after the game was pretty damn cool.
“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 stop me from talking or having fun.”
Springer’s teammates lauded their buddy’s courage to conquer something that was probably pretty difficult for him–“Lots of respect for that guy,” Carlos Correa said. “He’s conquered a lot,” said Dallas Keuchel.
As Springer said in a 2014 interview with
“I’ve never seen it as an issue,” Springer said during his rookie season. “I understand it makes me who I am. But it didn’t prohibit me from being a kid and doing the stuff I wanted to do. It doesn’t hold me back. Some people have blue eyes, some people have blond hair, some people don’t. Some people stutter and some people don’t.”
Wish nothing but the best for this dude going forward. He seems like he deserves it.
[h/t NY Post]