Kid plays catch with Torii Hunter, is World Series MVP 20 years later

If you don't know George Springer's story, you gotta check this out.

Torii Hunter didn't know it in 1997, but he was playing catch with a future World Series MVP. 

Of course, we're talking about Houston Astros leadoff hitter and center fielder George Springer, who was named World Series MVP following Houston's Game 7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. 

Springer tied a World Series record with five homers in the series, including a big 2-run shot in Game 7. 

Rewind Springer's life 20 years and you'll find a little boy watching games from the stands at a ballpark in New Britain, Connecticut, the former home of the Minnesota Twins' double-A affiliate. 

It was on a night in 1997 when Springer was in the stands, playing catch with a player on the field. That player was Hunter, just 21 at the time. Hunter told the story during a Twins-Astros game earlier this season

"When I was in Double-A, I think '97, I saw a kid in the stands and I went to play catch him," Hunter explained. "He was about 7, 8, 9-years-old. I always wondered what happened to the kid, every once in a while I'd think about it. In 2013 I was with the Tigers and Bo Porter called me over and said, 'Hey, I want you to meet George Springer.' I meet this guy, and he came up to me and said, 'Hey I'm George Springer. I was the kid in the stands in New Britain.' I was like, 'Are you kidding me?!'" 

Springer was actually drafted by the Twins out of high school but he chose to play in college at UConn instead. 

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