The phrase â€śhard-hittinâ€™ New Britainâ€ť took on new meaning this week, thanks to one of its native sons who pounded out five World Series runs for the hurricane-soaked Houston Astros.
As the Associated Press noted - and weâ€™re sure, every local sports fan already knows - â€śGeorge Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.â€ť
And, in the process, Springer won for himself the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player Award, after hitting .379 (11-for-29) with five home runs and seven RBIs.
â€śThis is a dream come true and an honor,â€ť Springer said.
A dream that began right here in New Britain where he spent his freshman year on New Britain High Schoolâ€™s varsity baseball team before enrolling at Avon Old Farms School when he was 14. He went on to the University of Connecticut, where he was named a First Team All-American. In 2011, Springer was chosen the Big East Player of the Year.
All these things helped him build the power and talent that took him and his team to Wednesdayâ€™s win. The Washington Post described it this way: For the past six games of this seven-game battle, Springer was, quite literally, at the very center of everything that was best about the Astros, a team that was playing not just for itself but for its traumatized city.
Like his home town, like his team, he overcame - and in a pretty spectacular way.