When the Houston Astros go to the White Home this yr to be honored by President Trump on their 2017 World Sequence championship, retired star participant Carlos Beltran won’t be among the many group’s contingent.
“No, I’m not gonna go. Actually I’m not going. I’m going to stick with my household,” Beltran advised reporters Tuesday in midtown Manhattan, the place he was honored on the annual Thurman Munson Award dinner. “I’m going to be right here in New York Metropolis.”
Beltran, the Puerto Rican-born participant who gained his solely championship ring enjoying for Houston final yr, mentioned his determination to eschew the White Home and Trump has nothing to do with the president, however earlier within the group interview, Beltran took a veiled shot on the chief of the free world when requested concerning the federal response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in contrast with the federal government’s aid efforts in Houston, which was additionally crippled by a distinct hurricane (Harvey) final yr.
“There’s little question that I’m disenchanted,” Beltran mentioned of the federal response after Hurricanes Irma and Maria leveled the island final yr. “I’m not the one one. There’s lots of people disenchanted. We haven’t (gotten) some advantages. Being a part of the USA, you count on to no less than get the identical advantages when tragedies like this occur. The truth that we haven’t (gotten) these, yeah, it’s a disappointment.”
Shortly after Beltran’s native Puerto Rico was hit by the 2 pure disasters, Trump engaged in a verbal battle with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz by way of Trump’s Twitter account. Yulin Cruz mentioned the federal authorities deserted the island throughout its restoration. Following Trump’s latest State of the Union speech, Yulin Cruz once more blasted Trump. The federal company, FEMA (Federal Emergency Administration Company), introduced that it might finish its operations on the island after the tip of January.
“Such poor management means by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who aren’t capable of get their staff to assist,” Trump tweeted in September.
Beltran mentioned Tuesday that “40 %” of Puerto Ricans are nonetheless with out energy for the reason that hurricanes hit over 4 months in the past.
“On the finish of the day, as a Puerto Rican and an athlete, I’m doing the very best I can in making an attempt to offer some assist,” mentioned Beltran, who’s utilizing his basis to assist with aid efforts in Puerto Rico.
Beltran won’t assist have fun the Astros’ championship on the Oval Workplace, nonetheless, even when Beltran mentioned it has nothing to do with politics. The Houston Chronicle just lately reported that Trump had prolonged an invitation to the World Sequence champs and that the go to may come as quickly as spring coaching.
“(Trump) is the President of the USA. If typically we don’t just like the issues that he does, or we just like the issues that he does, on the finish of the day he’s the president, so (it) don’t have anything to do with that,” mentioned Beltran. “Actually, I’m not into politics. I’m extra into the baseball aspect of it, sports activities aspect of it. That’s one thing that I don’t have quite a lot of opinion on that.
“I imply, I’m retired,” added Beltran. “I really feel like I don’t belong to any group. I simply really feel like I belong to the one group – and that’s my household. That’s the group that I belong (to) proper now. I want these (Astros gamers) the very best over there. I hope they’ve a good time, take pleasure in their day, with what it comes to go to the White Home.”