Astros rookie George Springer grants HR wish to wheelchair-bound fan (video)
To say that Houston Astros rookie outfielder George Springer has been on home run tear as of late would be a drastic understatement.
After going yard during Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles, Springer has hit seven home runs in seven games, the first rookie to accomplish that remarkable feat since the Detroit Tigers’ Rudy York did it in 1937, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Springer’s torrid power surge has extended throughout the entire month. He has 10 homers on the season, all in May alone, and is hitting .333 with a .438 slugging percentage after a slow start in April. He also has 21 runs scored in the past 21 games.
During that stretch of 21 games, the Astros, who are currently riding a six-game winning streak, went 13-8. This from a team that has lost at least 106 games in the last three seasons.
But Springer saved perhaps his biggest act of heroics – relatively speaking — for Thursday during pregame, before he hit a 2-run, line-drive homer to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning to lead the ‘Stros to a 3-1 win.
According to a tweet from the Astros, Springer was visiting with some kids before the game when one of the kids asked the rookie to hit a home run during the game.
Before the game, the boy in the red shirt asked Springer to hit a home run to left. He just did. pic.twitter.com/vRfH2PNfPG
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 30, 2014
And of course, that’s exactly what Springer did.
When asked about it afterward, Springer admitted he recalled the conversation with the young fan, although he did reveal he wasn’t consciously thinking about it when he stepped to the plate.
“I actually had forgotten at that point that he had said, ‘Hit it to left,’” Springer said of the youngster, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I do know he had said, ‘Hit a home run today,’ and I kind of thought about it after I hit it. And I was like, ‘Huh, he called it.’ I’ll give him all the credit for that one.”
Nice gesture by Springer, but he at least deserves some of the credit. His month of May warrants it. And for a fan base starving for something positive to happen after years of utter futility, Springer couldn’t have come along at a better time.