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.
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Shortstop Carlos Correa dropped to his knees after the Astros victory and proudly stretched out his Puerto Rican flag.
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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.
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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.
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And with home runs like this one it’s no surprise he earned the prestigious award.
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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
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