Carlos Correa and Ken Giles were the two current Astros players who skipped yesterday’s White House visit. Giles had a family commitment. Correa had a commitment of a different kind:
“It was not politics or anything. It was just that the day off was perfect to be able to provide some help for the people in Puerto Rico in need.”
Specifically, he was helping to arrange relief supplies for shipment to Puerto Rico. His homeland was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September and is still working to recover. This continues work Correa has done since last fall when he helped send a plane of supplies to Puerto Rico in October.
“It’s an honor to be invited to the White House. I want to thank the president for all the help he provided to my second hometown, which is Houston, and some of the help he’s provided to Puerto Rico, but we’re still in need in Puerto Rico.”
It does not take a linguistics expert to parse that comment and note that Correa is likely displeased with the Trump Administration’s response.
By Craig Calcaterra