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Puerto Rican Astros Player Held Up The Flag And Repped Hard For Both Of Their Hurricane Battered Homes

With record breaking hurricanes on both ends of their minds, Astros players of Puerto Rican descent were understandably emotional after their World Series win on Wednesday. With tears in their eyes, Boricua Astros team members Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltrán, Juan Centeno, Alex Cintrón and coach Alex Cora held out the flag taut while someone off camera screamed “Puerto Rico!” at the tops of their lungs.

Puerto Rico suffered one of the worst hurricanes in its recorded history, with many still without power, and most unable to see the show put on in the World Series, where 12 out of 15 of the home runs were hit by a Latino player.

After game seven of the World Series, this emotional scene played out.

Shortstop Carlos Correa dropped to his knees after the Astros victory and proudly stretched out his Puerto Rican flag.

It wasn’t the only time he dropped to his knees, as he later got down on one to propose to his girlfriend.

The win was a point of pride for Venezuelans, who have suffered from food shortages, as well as Dominicans and Cubans — both islands suffered the wrath of hurricanes this season, too.

Another point of pride for many was watching Panamanian-Puerto Rican right fielder George Springer, who set World Series records and won the first World Series MVP award for the Astros.

And with home runs like this one it’s no surprise he earned the prestigious award.

Although not born in Puerto Rico, Springer had this to say in an ESPN interview about the island.

I am extremely proud to be Puerto Rican. My family goes back to a long time from there. I might not be born there, but my mom was and I still go back. It’s been hard [after the hurricane] to not be in contact with any of her family members, but the last few days have been better. She’s actually been able to get a hold of a couple of people, like her cousins and all that stuff. It’s sad to see my mother struggling because our family, she doesn’t have any updates. That island is going through a terrible tragedy with no power, there isn’t a lot of water for people, and I feel for that place.

To get a ring for Puerto Rico [would] be special for all the guys that are from the island. I am not from there, but I [can] relate to it, and to get some people just a momentary lapse from what is happening will be huge. Whoever wins, there’s a ring that’s going to go back to that island. I am happy to be a part of it.

Not just a baseball MVP, but clearly a human being MVP.


[H/T] NBC News

READ: After Winning The World Series, Carlos Correa Proposed To His Girlfriend On Live TV


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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

Prediction: You will want to check out Walter Mercado’s house in Puerto Rico, and maybe even buy it up and call it home. And what perfect timing, because the stars have aligned to bring you his Puerto Rico pad at an unbeatable price.

That’s right! Walter Mercado’s home in San Juan is up for sale!

Located in an “exclusive area” of San Juan, according to the property listing, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom estate is on sale for just $395,000.

Since you likely won’t fly to San Juan right now (thanks, COVID), you can check out the flamboyant cape aficionados sweet, two story tropical oasis on Realtor.com.

The listing photos show the home’s vibrant interior, which appears in the documentary, with yellow, red and green walls. The first floor boasts a large living room, kitchen and dining room. Tile-work leads up the stairs to the second level, where there’s yet another living room, dining room and a smaller kitchen — plus two balconies.

Outside, there’s a pool area with a gazebo and a patio, as well as a covered carport for at least four cars.

The home seems to be having trouble finding a buyer.

The estate originally hit the market for $495,000 in September 2020 but with no buyer in the cards, it then had its price slashed to $430,000 in December, according to Realtor.com. It’s now asking just $395,000.

Mercado already sold his Miami property in 2017 to cover financial difficulties.

While in Miami, Mercado maintained an apartment at The Grand in downtown for many years until 2017 when he decamped part time to New York.

Many in his family had hoped to turn his Puerto Rico home into a museum to the late icon, but due to zoning issues the family decided the best step forward was to list the home for sale. Regarding Mercado’s belongings that were contained within the home (so many of which we came to see in the Netflix documentary), one of his nieces told Pledge Times, that though family members have each kept some items, many were given to the Miami History Museum, and some items will go to Mexico. However, his cape with the Puerto Rican flag is being sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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