Red Sox give back to the Puerto Rican community
It’s essentially February now and the Boston Red Sox still have not done much of anything this offseason, but a few of their organization’s personnel did decide to pitch in and help a part of the United States which needs assistance.
Manager Alex Cora, pitcher Rick Porcello, team president Sam Kennedy and assistant general manager Eddie Romero traveled down to Puerto Rico earlier this week to deliver 10 tons of supplies to help out in the recovery effort for Hurricane Maria. Catcher Christian Vazquez and Chris Sale, a pitcher, were down there already, so they were able to help the Red Sox in their charity work.
According to ESPN, these supplies included, “medical supplies, water filtration systems, food and other equipment”.
The group delivered the supplies and baseball equipment to children in the community and gave a $200,000 check to the mayor of Caguas--Cora’s hometown. This donation is meant to help them get electricity back in their city.
Very classy move by the Red Sox here, especially with a Puerto Rican catcher and manager who care deeply about their home. Even when he was with the Astros, Cora was doing community work to help out with hurricane relief in both Houston and Puerto Rico. This also shows you the type of person Alex Cora is:
Here is what Cora told reporters of the trip.
"While many areas have recovered from the initial devastation of the storm, there is still a great need on the island for relief," he said. "I am thankful to the Red Sox, who did not hesitate when I suggested a relief trip this offseason, and I am grateful to JetBlue for transporting all the supplies and for the many organizations who made donations.”
"To the fans who contributed this past season, and to Seth, Henry, and Herb, your generosity is above and beyond what I could have hoped for,” he added. “Embracing this mission and helping the people I care so much about has made me feel welcome and supported by this city and organization in ways I could not have imagined."