Astros’ Cor­rea skipped White House visit to aid Puerto Rico

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. » Car­los Cor­rea skipped the Hous­ton Astros’ visit to the White House to help ar­range for more re­lief sup­plies for ship­ment to hur­ri­cane-rav­aged Puerto Rico, where he grew up.

Cor­rea and closer Ken Giles did not at­tend Mon­day’s cer­e­mony in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., that hon­ored the Astros’ 2017 World Se­ries ti­tle. The Astros said Giles had a fam­ily com­mit­ment.

“It was not pol­i­tics or any­thing,” Cor­rea said Tues­day. “It was just that the day off was per­fect to be able to pro­vide some help for the peo­ple in Puerto Rico in need.”

Puerto Rico was dam­aged in Septem­ber by Hur­ri­cane Maria. With the as­sis­tance of Astros, Jim Crane, Cor­rea helped send a plane of sup­plies to Puerto Rico in Oc­to­ber.

“I don’t only rep­re­sent the Hous­ton Astros, I don’t only rep­re­sent my fam­ily, but I also rep­re­sent the Amer­i­can cit­i­zens that are liv­ing in Puerto Rico,” Cor­rea said.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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