George Springer blasted a three-run home run off of Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning of ALCS Game 3 Thursday night in New York, giving the Astros a 3-1 lead. In so doing, Springer passed José Altuve to become the Astros’ all-time postseason home run leader at 13.
Springer entered Thursday batting .270/.350/.552 with 10 doubles, 12 homers, 20 walks, 21 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 183 playoff plate appearances. He was a big reason why the Astros won the 2017 World Series over the Dodgers as he slugged five homers in that series.
Springer’s only other home run this postseason came in Game 2, a game-tying solo home run off of Adam Ottavino in the fifth inning.
On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.
As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.
It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.