One of the better features of Fox’s All-Star Game coverage was putting microphones on players for in-game interviews. One was Bryce Harper, the other was George Springer, who had a great reason for wearing the mic.
Springer, making his first All-Star appearance, is a lifelong stutterer. By putting on the mic and taking questions from Joe Buck and John Smoltz, he hoped to send a message to other people who stutter.
“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 Astros teammates commended him for his bravery after the game.
“Lots of respect for that guy,” Carlos Correa said.
“He’s conquered a lot,” said Dallas Keuchel.
Though Springer was shy as a kid and hesitant to speak, he now accepts that stuttering is part of who he is. He also finds that the stutter goes away when he’s talking baseball.
“[My college baseball coach] told me that I don’t ever stutter if I’m talking about something that I like to talk about, especially if I’m talking about the game,” Springer told Houstonia magazine. “The game is something that I’m comfortable with, it’s something that I love.”