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Petition started to name street after George Springer

George Springer reacts as he hits a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (Getty Images)

HOUSTON – George Springer Drive has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? A man in the Houston Astros outfielder’s hometown sure thinks so.

Dan Russel, of New Britain, Connecticut, started a petition on Change.org to rename Paul Manafort Drive to George Springer Drive. The road runs along the edge of the Central Connecticut State Unviersity campus.

“The street currently bears the same name as his son, Paul J. Manafort, a New Britain, Connecticut, native who was recently indicted on twelve federal criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States,” Russel wrote in his petition. “This street next to New Britain's featured university should honor a better name.”

LINK: View Russel’s petition on Change.org

More than 650 people have signed the petition. 

The petition was also featured on an Astros fan site called crawfishboxes.com.

Springer, who is also a New Britain native, was named the most valuable player of the World Series.

The slugger’s five home runs, which were nicknamed “Springer dingers,” helped lift the Astros to their first Major League Baseball championship.


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