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

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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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The Latest Picture Of Sammy Sosa Has Even More People Concerned About His Well-Being

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The Latest Picture Of Sammy Sosa Has Even More People Concerned About His Well-Being

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Earlier this year, retired baseball star Sammy Sosa caused a stir on social media when he appeared in an interview ahead of the MLB All-Star game.

His lighter-than-ever complexion caused a lot of concern and sparked speculation about the motives behind his look.

Well, Sosa has managed to get the Twitterverse talking once again. People cannot believe that new photos circulating of the baseball legend on vacation feature the same Sammy Sosa they grew up loving and admiring.

These are the photos of Sammy Sosa that have created a whole new uproar on social media.

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In 2009, Sosa told “Primer Impacto” that he uses a skin-softening cream that also happens to bleach his skin. According to ESPN, Sosa claims that he needs the cream to make his skin soft after all the time he has spent in the sun playing baseball.

“It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily,” Sosa said in the interview according to ESPN.

Some fans couldn’t believe it was actually Sosa.

The increased lightening of his skin tone has led many to express concern about his mental health.

And the social media jokes about his situation have made many people uncomfortable.

There have been jokes made about the progression of his skin tone changing and they are pretty cringe-worthy. While the jokes are frequent on social media, there are also people who seem legitimately concerned with Sosa’s overall well-being.

The discussion of Sosa’s skin has inevitably circled back to the discussion of colorism in the Dominican community.

Miami Herald reporter Francis Robles, who has covered the Dominican Republic at length, explained to NPR that many people in the Dominican Republic who are black don’t realize they are black until they go to the U.S.

Robles says part of the colorism in the Dominican Republic influenced by Haiti’s 22-year rule over the Dominican Republic:

“The Dominican Republic is the only country in Latin America that got its freedom – not from Spain – but from Haiti, from a black country. In the 1800s, Haiti gets independence, and then a few years later it takes over the entire of island of Hispaniola. So for 22 years, the Dominicans were under the rule of the Haitians. And for many years after that, even after they were freed, you have presidents in the Dominican Republic who really instigated a sense that anything Haitian was bad, anything black was bad.”

While many fans remain sad that Sosa has changed his appearance so drastically…

… Others are trying to remember the baseball legend as he was in the past.

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READ: The World Got To See Sammy Sosa’s New Look And People Are Genuinely Concerned About Him

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