Astros’ Correa skipped White House visit to aid Puerto Rico
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