For anyone who watched this season's World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, you know that the drama of the postseason definitely showed up. From nail-biting moments to, "I can't believe what I just saw," plays, the two teams put together seven games of epic baseball, leaving us wishing for more.
When all was said and done, the Astros ended up winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history, led by the series MVP, outfielder George Springer, who smacked the ball around at will and proved why he's one of the best young talents in the game. And, while winning a world championship has to be one of Springer's biggest life accomplishments, the 28-year-old All-Star also happens to have one of the most dynamic — and beautiful — women to call his own.
Gentleman, meet George Springer's fiance, Charlise Castro, who's a perfect blend of beauty, brains and, well, we could go on and on to describe her, but we think you get the idea. To be blunt, Charlise and George Springer are quickly becoming a power couple worth taking notice of.
Not one to live in the shadow of her ball-playing fiance, we caught up with Charlise to talk about the wild experience of the Houston Astros' postseason run, how to handle a relationship with a pro athlete who's constantly on the go and, naturally, how she's quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the modeling and fitness industry.
We're not sure what it is about Houston Astros players, but between George Springer snagging Charlise, pitcher Justin Verlander landing Kate Upton and shortstop Carlos Correa dating former Miss Texas Daniella Rodriguez, it's clear these guys are winning on and off the field.
FHM: We Have To Ask: What The Hell's The Past Week Been Like For You And George?
Charlise Castro: "Insanity would be an understatement! But worth every second. It has been an incredible experience all around. The World Series alone was an emotional rollercoaster. For the team to win a world championship it has been very rewarding. The day after the World Series, we were on a jet to Florida for an appearance at Disney, left there to go to New York for an appearance on Saturday Night Live, left there to head back home to Texas. George and I️ got back around four in the morning, looked at one another and said, 'we’ve been awake for 24 hours.' The next morning he had a few more magazine appearances and at the Houston Texans game. There are still a few more things to do this upcoming week, but all in all, we wouldn’t trade it for the world. Especially after all the city of Houston has been through, it brings sincere joy to both George and I️ if he can make any kind of impact for the people in Texas."
FHM: Sports Fans Can Be Nuts, So What Was Going Through The Postseason Run With Him Like?
Charlise Castro: "I️ think it’s great to see fans who truly appreciate and understand the game. You will get some fans that are a bit biased, especially if we beat their favorite team, but, other than that, I️ think for any fan, enjoying a sporting event with friends or family is something to look forward to. I'm a happy girl knowing that my fiance and the rest of his teammates can bring happiness to the lives of other people."
FHM: Be Honest: Did George Use Some Typical Pickup Line To Snag Your Number?
Charlise Castro: (laughs) "We actually met when I️ played international softball. We had the same interests, so we hit it off right from the start. There were a few dry and sarcastic athlete one-liners, but we're both very competitive, so starting conversations wasn’t an issue. If anything, it was like, 'no, no, let me be the last person to say goodbye.' Other than, that nothing atypical."
FHM: George Obviously Has His Biggest Life Moment With The World Series Win, What Would Yours Be?
Charlise Castro: "It's definitely one of the biggest moments in his life for sure! I️ would say mine would have to be when I️ got accepted to college and received a scholarship. I️ was the first of my family to go to college, so that was a big accomplishment for me."
FHM: And Now You're A Personal Trainer And Have A Friggin’ Masters Degree, How'd You Decide To Take The Leap?
Charlise Castro: "I think behind most successful athletes there is a strong woman by his side. In George's and my case, my independence was something that attracted him from the start. Not to mention I throw some pretty good batting practice (laughs). Having something to call my own and have my own personal achievements was a real key in why our relationship is successful. Because of my previous accomplishments (in softball) he knows that I'm a person that holds myself accountable. I think in any relationship, it's important to grow with your partner and to 'challenge' them. Hey, a little spunk doesn't hurt! To George, me becoming an entrepreneur and running my own fitness business makes him very proud and challenges him to be the best version of himself. We both have a mutual understanding about how much we mean to one another and would never jeopardize that. I think confidence is key to both parties, and having something I can focus on outside of his baseball life is very rewarding... challenging, but rewarding."
FHM: Let's Be Honest, You Have Your Sh*t Together, Is That Important To You To Make A Name For Yourself?
Charlise Castro: "I’ve matured over the years, and I️ feel one of the more important things in life is to question how you can impact someone else' life. Don’t get me wrong, I'm all bout “survival of the fittest," but it's important to take the time to invest in others. Hey, even just B=buying a coffee for someone counts, and I️ think that it's more rewarding than ‘making a name for myself.'"
All images via Steven Grant.