Baseball lends support to Hurricane Harvey victims

August 31, 2017

By Richard Justice |



Tropicana’s moment of silence
The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers hold a moment of silence at Tropicana Field for the citizens of Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON — In terrible times, wonderful deeds. That’s the ongoing story of Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

As the Astros and Rangers returned to the diamond in St. Petersburg, charitable contributions continued to pour in throughout Major League Baseball.

This is what we as Americans do in times like this. This is what Major League Baseball and its clubs have always done.

On Tuesday, the Rangers pledged $1 million to relief efforts. Meanwhile, the Astros, Rangers and MLB jointly announced that ticket, concession and parking revenues from this week’s three-game series at Tropicana Field would go to relief efforts.


Silverman on Hurricane Harvey

Tampa Bay Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman discusses the Astros playing at Tropicana Field due to Hurricane Harvey

Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation said it will give its share of proceeds from Maddon’s Burnout and Casino Night Classic Fundraiser to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. That event is Saturday at Fields Auto Dealership in Glenview, Ill.


Fans can also donate to relief efforts at and Proceeds will benefit the Astros Foundation’s hurricane relief efforts.

“We are committed to doing our part to provide aid and assistance to the growing amount of Houston-area residents that are desperately in need right now,” said Astros owner Jim Crane, who donated $4 million to the relief efforts, in a statement.

“On behalf of everyone in the Astros’ organization, I’d like to thank MLB, the MLB Players Association, the Tampa Bay Rays and all of the other Major League clubs that have showed tremendous support for our city with their respective giving efforts.”


Astros set up relief program

The Astros will donate all proceeds of games played at Tropicana Field to the Hurricane Harvey relief program

Those efforts were ongoing as Houston saw sunshine for the first time in days as Harvey wobbled eastward, leaving a devastated city in its wake.

For dozens of players with connections to Houston, there was an assortment of good wishes.

Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio came to Houston 29 years ago from New Jersey as a nervous rookie. He arrived and never left, raising three children, coaching high school baseball and becoming deeply involved in several community projects, most notably The Sunshine Kids.

Biggio released the following statement:

My love and prayers to everyone in Houston and the great state of TEXAS! It is amazing to see the strength, generosity and the incredible volunteers during this horrible disaster.


I love you

Craig Biggio


Cardinals broadcast on Texas

The Cardinals broadcast discusses the impact Hurricane Harvey has had on some current Cardinals players from the Houston area

Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. tweeted:

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who lives in Austin and has friends in the hard-hit Heights area of Houston, told he had stayed in touch with people.

“It’s a little scary, but everything’s going to be OK — they’ll be all right,” Arrieta said. “There are a lot of people out there who are much worse off.”


Rendon pays homage to Houston

Anthony Rendon dons cleats with “Houston” and the Houston skyline on the back to pay tribute to his hometown after Hurricane Harvey

Another player with deep ties to Houston is D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of The Woodlands. He has family and friends across the area.

“My family — luckily — is not in the city, they’re pretty far north, so for now, they’re doing pretty well,” Goldschmidt said. “But everyone has got other friends, and you’re trying to text them and reach out. People are doing the best they can. There are people in some pretty dire situations as we all have seen on the news.”

Goldschmidt has lived through other storms and thought Harvey would pass through quickly and that would be that.

“I didn’t really realize how bad the situation was just because hurricanes had come when I lived there and you just assumed it was going to be more under control,” Goldschmidt said. “The first couple of days, I didn’t really think too much about it, but now seeing the news, it’s pretty scary.

“You feel helpless. There’s nothing you can do. The people there are doing everything they can. You’ve heard some great stories about people banding together. It’s great to hear those stories, and you know people are going to come together, but you just keep praying for the people there.”

Of note

• Proceeds from the Astros Foundation Share2Care 50/50 raffle will go to the American Red Cross and Houston relief efforts for the remainder of the season. The Astros hold a Share2Care raffle during every home game at Minute Maid Park.

• Cubs Charities will donate Wednesday’s 50/50 Raffle proceeds to the Red Cross.

• MLB and the MLBPA on Monday announced a $1 million donation to relief efforts.

• The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the Astros’ Spring Training home, is collecting donations to be shipped to Houston. Crane Worldwide will ship the items to Houston and its surrounding area.

The ballpark is located at 5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33407, and donations are being accepted through Wednesday. Among the most-needed items: nonperishable food items, bottled water, blankets, baby food and formula, diapers, toilet paper and animal crates and dried pet food.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.