The Cleveland Indians will play the second game of their series against the Minnesota Twins in Puerto Rico despite a blackout that has hit the island.
This only exemplifies the struggle that Puerto Ricans have gone through since Hurricane Maria struck the island several months ago. The entire island has lost power. But the game is expected to go on as scheduled.
After a 6-1 victory last night when Francisco Lindor hit a two run shot for his hometown fans, the game tonight is going to feature fellow Puerto Ricans Roberto Perez and Jose Berrios is going to be starting for the Twins.
The emergency generators and backup systems are expected to be full-go for Hiram Bithorn stadium in Puerto Rico.
Strength of Puerto Rico
The recovery process has been long and painstaking for Puerto Rico since the hurricane. They’ve had energy crises like this frequently. But the game will be played as a testament to the strength of the people of Puerto Rico.
Anyone who watched that game last night could see that the stadium was packed full of people, and they were just excited to see some baseball. The reaction to hometown hero Francisco Lindor’s home run was equivalent to that of a World Series Game 7 tying shot.
This series is so important for the people of Puerto Rico and cancelling the second game of a two game series was just not an option. This series is giving people hope. It’s giving them excitement for what’s ahead. It’s helping the recovery process.
There will be some bumps and bruises along the way, but let tonight show that, the people of Puerto Rico are determined to get through it.
Extra parking lot security and lights will be on hand for the game. Everything is going to run according to schedule and we will have a second game of this series.