There might have been a time when Astros outfielder George Springer could not have imagined doing what he did Tuesday night. Starting in his first All-Star Game was also a pretty cool thing.

In terms of challenges, Springer has had bigger.

"He's conquered a lot," teammate Dallas Keuchel, a fellow All-Star, said.

"Lots of respect for that guy," Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa said.

Here's the thing that made the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard -- which the American League won 2-1 in 10 innings -- so remarkable for Springer.

FOX asked Springer to wear a microphone and do an in-game interview in the bottom of the third inning while playing left field at Marlins Park. (Bryce Harper did the same later in the game while playing right field for the National League.)

Springer said, "Yes," immediately.

"It's fun," said the 27-year-old, who was hitless in three at-bats Tuesday night. "It's a little bit of an insight into how the game is being played and what the players have to do. It's not quite the whole thing, but you get the perspective of a player."

To most athletes, this would be no big deal. To Springer, it symbolized one of the great challenges of his life. He grew up with a fairly severe stutter, the kind that can strip a kid of his self-esteem and lots more.