Javier Báez offering hot meals to fellow Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Fiona hammers island

Millions are without power after torrential rains and strong winds lashed the U.S. territory over the weekend.
It was a harrowing Sunday for Puerto Ricans as powerful Hurricane Fiona made landfall on the Caribbean island -- now one Detroit Tigers player is stepping up to the plate to help.
Tigers shortstop Javier Baez Photo credit Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports

DETROIT (WWJ) -- It was a harrowing Sunday for Puerto Ricans as powerful Hurricane Fiona made landfall on the Caribbean island -- and now one Detroit Tigers player is stepping up to the plate to help.

Shortstop Javier Báez offered to aid to his fellow Puerto Ricans on Monday as P.R. Governor Pedro Pierluisi confirmed at least two people have died in the hurricane that brought fierce wind, widespread flooding and massive power outages to the U.S. territory.

Báez -- who played for the Cubs from 2014-'21 -- made a post to Instagram on Monday before the Tigers took on Baltimore, urging residents to stop by a local restaurant for food free of charge.

"All those families who are in need of a hot meal can stop by @taquizapr in Toa Baja and we will serve it to you for FREE!!,” Báez posted on social media. "If your community is affected and you're in need of a hot meal, you can call 787-665-2323 (Joshua) or stop by @taquizapr and we will make all the arrangements. Blessings to all of you!"

It was a harrowing Sunday for Puerto Ricans as powerful Hurricane Fiona made landfall on the Caribbean island -- now one Detroit Tigers player is stepping up to the plate to help.
Photo credit Javer Báez/Instagram

The Tigers went on to shutout the Orioles 11-0 a few hours later Monday.

Hurricane Fiona bore down on Puerto Rico as a category 1 storm, with winds reaching 86 mph, with gusts up to 100 mph, the National Weather Service reported.

"Catastrophic and life-threatening flash, urban, and moderate to major river flooding, as well as mudslides, are likely for southern and eastern Puerto Rico through Tuesday due the rainfall from Hurricane Fiona," the NWS added.

The storm dumped up to 30 inches of rain in some areas, according to weather experts.

U.S. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico on Sunday, tweeting "the full force of the Federal government supports you. We have hundreds of personnel on the ground and ask that you heed the warnings of state and local officials."

Puerto Rico is still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a deadly category 5 storm that killed nearly 3,000 people and ravaged the island's power grid back in 2017, FEMA reported.

Báez was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico before he moved to Florida in 2005. Báez is a member of the Puerto Rican national team, for which he won a silver medal in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Báez has committed to appear in 2023 World Baseball Classic as part of the Puerto Rican team.

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