Astros’ George Springer selflessly puts stuttering in All-Star spotlight
George Springer rightfully earned a spot on the American League All-Star squad by posting a .310 average to go along with 27 homers and 61 RBI while leading the Houston Astros to the second best record (60-29) in Major League Baseball. But it’s how the Astros right fielder is utilizing the All-Star spotlight that is far more impressive and admirable.
Springer, 27, has had a stutter since he was a youngster. And by agreeing to be among the All-Stars mic’d up during Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic, Springer hoped to serve as an inspiration to others who deal with a stutter.
Springer was interviewed on the field tonight and it was fantastic. #Astros pic.twitter.com/qPWR4tHZ28
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 12, 2017
Springer spoke afterward with SB Nation Radio’s Dolores A. Lozano about being mic’d up during the game.
George Springer wore a microphone on national TV tonight, says his stutter is not going to stop him from talking. @sayorg #Astros #ASG pic.twitter.com/fL5Fsh4fBQ
— Dolores A. Lozano (@doloresalozano) July 12, 2017
“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 is a spokesperson for SAY, The Stuttering Association for the Young, so it’s not surprising he agreed to be mic’d up. And he hasn’t been reluctant to speak out on the issue whenever the opportunity has presented itself, including saying the following during his rookie campaign in 2014.
“I’ve never seen it as an issue,” Springer told MLB.com, via the New York Post. “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.”
Springer’s current and former teammates as well as fellow All-Stars have had nothing but positive things to say about him as a baseball player and a person as well. What he did on the national stage at the All-Star Game Tuesday night provides more than enough evidence as to why.