Lin­dor seiz­ing chance to give back

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GURABO, Puerto Rico — In­di­ans star Fran­cisco Lin­dor held a base­ball in his hand, ready to pitch, and asked the young boy stand­ing at home plate if he knew how to swing a bat. The kid said no. The kid might have been fib­bing. Lin­dor’s soft-toss pitch be­came a line drive, and the kid at Es­cuela Villa Ma­rina — the same gram­mar school that Lin­dor at­tended years ago — looked at the All-Star short­stop and grinned as on­look­ers ap­plauded.

“This is what it’s about,” said. Lin­dor

The In­di­ans and Twins are in Puerto Rico to play a two-game se­ries in San Juan start­ing Tues­day night. But they know they’re serv­ing a larger pur­pose on this trip, which is why many play­ers from both teams ven­tured out among the Puerto Ri­can peo­ple Mon­day to give back to an is­land that was robbed of so much by Hur­ri­cane Maria last Septem­ber.

Lin­dor went back to his first school in Gurabo, his home­town. The Twins’ Jose Ber­rios, who will start on the mound in his home­land Wed­nes­day night, vis­ited a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in San Juan and was flanked by many of his team­mates. Twins out­fielder Ed­die Rosario, like Lin­dor, also went home — he was head­lin­ing a clinic in Guayama.

“It’s an honor. It’s a priv­i­lege,” Lin­dor said at the school where some lo­cal res­i­dents were stand­ing out­side the chain-link fence more than an hour be­fore he ar­rived, hop­ing to just catch a glimpse of Gurabo’s fa­vorite son. “I’m blessed to be here. It’s a dream and I’m ex­cited. Stuff like that is some­thing I al­ways wanted to do.

“As soon as I was a pro­fes­sional base­ball player, I al­ways wanted to come back and do some­thing like this ... for the kids, for the com­mu­nity.”

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