Javier Baez is doing his part to help his home country.
The Tigers star shortstop is offering free meals to anyone in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Fiona. The storm made landfall on Sunday, wreaking havoc on the island with what Governor Pedro Pierlusi described as “unprecedented” winds.
“All families who need a hot meal can stop there. @taquizapr We will serve you at Toa Baja and for free!!” Baez posted in Spanish on his Instagram story on Monday. “If your community is affected and you need fresh food, you can call (Joshua) at 787-665-2323 or stop by. @taquizapr And we will make all arrangements. Blessings to you all!”
Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people in the state, Puerto Rico has a history with extreme weather. There are currently no deaths from Cyclone Fiona, despite up to 22 inches of rain falling in some areas. Puerto Rico’s energy company is working to restore power to the millions of people currently without power, Pierluci announced Monday.
Baez, now 29, was born in Bayamon. He played his first seven and a half seasons with the Cubs — winning the 2016 World Series with the team — before joining the Mets at the trade deadline last year. He then signed a six-year, $140 million deal with Detroit last season and slashed .241/.283/.394 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI.
“Strength Puerto Rico,” Beth wrote in another post. “I carry you in my mind and heart. We came for you.”
Baez notably played for the Puerto Rico national team, leading the country to a silver medal in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Mets star Francisco Lindor has been close with Baez since their time together in the Nationals and was instrumental in bringing Baez to the Mets last season.