George Springer, World Series MVP, might be the best story on a team full of great stories – Chicago Tribune

Let George Springer stand for all the champion Houston Astros who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. Springer personifies them in so many ways.

From his status as a gifted high draft pick who is likely to be a core Houston star for years to come, to his resilience in the past month while he battled a horrid slump, to his decision long ago to use his baseball fame to stand for a larger cause than himself, Springer exemplifies the best in all of them.

The Astros center fielder and leadoff man not only led off Game 7 with a double off Yu Darvish, but, one inning later, knocked the Dodgers starter out of the game with a booming home run to center field for a 5-0 Houston lead. With that blow, Springer collected his fifth home run in six games of this Series, ran his incredible total-base count to 29 and reached base for the 16th time.

He was a no-doubt selection for the Willie Mays World Series most valuable player award. Not bad for a guy who hit .115 in the American League Championship Series before striking out in all four of his Game 1 at-bats against the Dodgers.


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