George Springer put together a World Series performance for the ages. After going 0-4 with four strikeouts in Game 1, the Astros centerfielder and former UConn star was the best hitter for the last six games and shattered a slew of World Series records in the process.
Since his golden sombrero in Game 1, Springer was 11-25 through Games 2 to Game 7, where he helped the Astros get off to a hot start with yet another home run.
"I remember swinging and hearing the sound of the bat," Springer said. "And I knew it was a good sound.
Springer homered in the final four games of the World Series, becoming the first player ever to do so. He also set a record as the only lead-off hitter to hit five home runs in a World Series.
The home run also helped Springer break the World Series record for extra-base hits (eight) and total bases (29).
All of his home runs came in important situations as well. In Game 2, Springer hit the game-winning home run in the 11th inning which tied the series at 1-1. This was a critical win for the Astros as it would’ve been very difficult to come back from a 2-0 series hole.
GEORGE SPRINGER PUTS THE ASTROS AHEAD IN GAME 2 OF THE WORLD SERIES pic.twitter.com/lRhOEHQjzu— Daniel Connolly (@DanielVConnolly) October 26, 2017
In Game 4, he broke up a no-hitter to give the Astros a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning. In Game 5, he hit an absolute rocket, estimated at 448 feet, to tie the game in the seventh inning. In Game 6, his third-inning homer gave the Astros a 1-0 lead.
The New Britain, Connecticut native’s three-run home run in the second inning of Game 7 tied Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley for the most home runs in a single World Series with five.
Springer was the catalyst at the top of the lineup for the Houston Astros en route to their World Series title over the Los Angeles Dodgers. His incredible performance earned him the Willie Mayes World Series MVP award.
George Springer hoists his World Series MVP trophy pic.twitter.com/OvFSu849Fh— Daniel Connolly (@DanielVConnolly) November 2, 2017
The former UConn baseball star is the seventh former Husky to win a major US championship, joining NBA Finals champions Rip Hamilton, Ray Allen, Caron Butler, Travis Knight and Scott Burrell as well as Super Bowl champion Nick Giaquinto.
Springer finished the World Series with 11 hits, three doubles, five home runs and seven RBI, hitting .379 with 1.000 slugging percentage and 1.471 OPS.