HOUSTON (AP) It’s been three days since Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico and Carlos Beltran nonetheless hasn’t been capable of get in contact together with his mother and father who reside there.
Whereas the Houston Astros designated hitter performs with a heavy coronary heart and prays that his household is OK within the wake of the huge storm, Beltran and his spouse, Jessica, pledged to donate $1 million to aid efforts.
Beltran is one in every of many Puerto Rican main leaguers – Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Corridor of Famer Pudge Rodriguez, amongst them – who’re looking for methods to assist their torn island.
”It’s one thing that wanted to be carried out,” Beltran stated. ”I feel the one approach that I can encourage individuals to contribute and assist my nation is by me appearing the best way I act. Proper now our nation is affected by a devastating hurricane … I simply need to assist as a lot as I can.”
Beltran’s donation comes as he anxiously awaits phrase about his mother and father. He’s been in touch with some individuals in Puerto Rico and has requested them to attempt to verify on his household, however downed energy strains and timber have made navigating the island virtually unimaginable.
”I don’t understand how they’re doing,” he stated. ”I don’t know what’s happening with my household, there’s no communication. So I attempt to come to the ballpark with a constructive mentality, however my coronary heart and my thoughts is just not right here.”
Puerto Rico is dealing with a frightening restoration from probably the most highly effective storm to hit the U.S. territory in eighty years. Many don’t have operating water and your complete island stays with out energy, and it might be months earlier than it’s restored.
Beltran’s teammate on the AL West champion Astros, star shortstop Carlos Correa, has spent a lot of the week consoling his mom, who has been hysterical since dropping contact together with her mom and father early Wednesday when the storm made landfall.
Because the storm, Correa has been sporting two totally different pairs of customized cleats that function the Puerto Rican flag to remind individuals of what his island goes via.
”It’s actually robust,” Correa stated. ”You’re out right here making an attempt to point out a cheerful face and play baseball each, single day and attempt to smile however inside I do know that my household could also be in hassle. I don’t know the place they’re, what they’re doing or how they’re. So it’s actually robust to consider.”
Correa is amassing provides and dealing with individuals in Puerto Rico to find out how greatest to get his donation to the southern a part of the island the place he’s from. He’s heard that provides are slowly trickling into the northern a part of the island however that transportation issues have made it harder to get assist to the world the place he grew up.
”Proper now our arms are tied. No communication. No nothing,” he stated. ”All we will do is attempt to collect as a lot as we will and once we can ship, ship it. This can be a main catastrophe. It gained’t take months to recuperate. It can take years.”
Elsewhere within the majors, Lindor had been capable of affirm that the majority of his household is OK, however nonetheless hasn’t been capable of attain his brother.
”I haven’t been capable of speak to them on the telephone,” the Indians star stated. ”My girlfriend talked to her mother for like 15 seconds earlier than the decision went lifeless.”
Like Correa, Lindor hopes to have the ability to assist when issues ”settle down somewhat bit.”
”You need to do issues to assist them,” he stated. ”You’re helpless proper now.”
On Saturday, Main League Baseball donated $1 million to assist aid efforts in Puerto Rico in addition to from the earthquake in Mexico. MLB additionally can pay for docs and different medical professionals to journey to each locations to offer help.
”These devastating pure disasters have deeply affected the baseball household,” Commissioner Rob Manfred stated. ”Gamers from Puerto Rico and Mexico are an essential a part of the previous, current and way forward for our recreation. We hope that our contribution will assist quick and ongoing efforts throughout this important time and the lengthy-time period restoration for the individuals of Puerto Rico and Mexico.”
The Main League Baseball Gamers Belief additionally introduced it will donate $1 million to nonprofits offering aid efforts throughout the Americas within the wake of a number of current pure disasters. The MLB gamers’ union plans to donate $5 for every obtain of its Infield Chatter app by way of the top of the World Collection to the trigger.
Additionally serving to out with accumulating donations for the trigger have been Molina and his spouse, Wanda, who arrange an internet fundraising web page for aid efforts. The web page had already raised virtually $seventy four,000 by Saturday morning.
And it wasn’t solely present gamers who have been working to assist. Rodriguez arrange an occasion in suburban Dallas that runs by way of Friday to gather provides resembling turbines, tents, lumber, bottled water and first help kits to ship to the island.
AP Sports activities Author Tim Sales space contributed to this report.
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